Learning to lead climb has been a goal of mine for a while now but all the classes near me are so expensive. Enter Ryen Small!
I briefly met Ryen at Trail Days last year, and we stayed connected through social media. These days he is working in Chattanooga as a climbing instructor and is always posting pictures of his friends playing on the side of a cliff. When I asked if he'd be willing to teach me a thing or two about climbing he agreed, and I drove up for the weekend.
We spent Saturday at his local crag where he gave me the rundown on clipping, belaying, rappelling and interesting climber slang.
The following morning we met up with 4 of his friends and drove south to Little River Canyon in Alabama.
Climbers are an interesting bunch. Whenever I get together with a group of them there is a dynamic that I haven't seen any other place. They're always extremely encouraging, helpful, and generous. Everyone is there to push themselves and their friends to do their best.
but most importantly they're there to have fun.
Maybe I've just been lucky with the people I met in Columbus & Chattanooga but I'm getting the feeling that climber friends are the best kind of friends.
btw, if you like the photos, I edited them using my Forest Preset pack! Which you can find Here