1. This past weekend, Brooklyn Boulders, a climbing gym/workspace in the West Loop, celebrated its grand opening with free climbing. As I think I established quite firmly during my month of ClassPass, I am ALL about insane deals. I also love climbing (though I rarely have the opportunity to go), so naturally I had to check this place out.
HOLY SMOKES YOU GUYS. Granted, my climbing experience is limited to a relatively small facility in my hometown, a wall in Winter Park, Colorado, and the summer camp where I worked during college, so maybe I don’t have a lot to go off, but this place was mind boggling.
Do you see how little people look against those walls? I have never before seen a climbing gym–or, you know, facility in general–as impressive as Brooklyn Boulders. That photo only shows like half of the climbing walls, by the way.
I only bouldered while I was there, which was actually totally new to me but was a surprisingly enjoyable experience (until that night, when my forearms were so sore I couldn’t sleep haha). They have two different bouldering walls with approximately one bajillion different routes, so there’s really something for everyone. And then in case all of that wasn’t enough, Brooklyn Boulders also has studio space for things like yoga classes, regular gym equipment, and workspace for those who don’t have to go to an office every day. Tragically, this is another one of those if-I-win-the-lottery sort of situations for me, because it ain’t cheap to climb there by any means, but it was a lot of fun to be there on Saturday to see and experience the facility!
2. Can we get some snow up in this joint? I’m having an extremely difficult time wrapping my head around the fact that Christmas is in ONE WEEK, and I blame that on the lack of snow. I’m not requesting a Polar Vortex or anything — just a nice three to five inches will suffice. What we have right now is Ugly Winter, and I don’t like Ugly Winter. Ugly Winter belongs in March and nowhere else. Or, if we can’t have snow, can we at least have some sunshine? I’d be down for that as a backup plan. I’m done with this oppressive greyness, and folks, that is a BAD place to be in freaking mid-December when we’re staring down like three more guaranteed months of this.
3. Even though I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas, the fact is it is almost Christmas. I don’t plan on being around Blogland a whole lot next week, so in case I don’t pop in at all between now and then, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas 🙂
Do you like climbing?
Do you think you’ll have a white Christmas? AccuWeather gives me a 25-50% chance, which does not seem very promising