A good friend of mine, Becky Frawley, was getting married in Kansas City and this was an event that I didn’t want to miss. It was to be a large gathering with a small tribe of long time friends, something I have been looking forward to for some time. Something I was not looking forward to was the 9 hour drive across Kansas. It wasn’t so much the scenery that was rubbing me raw but the length of time. Like Nebraska, Kansas has some beautiful empty spaces, with a clear view of the horizon hundreds of miles in the distance. I knew I was going to need a break from the butt numbing rumble of the highway so I threw my crash pad on top of my suit and head east.
The wedding and the bride were beautiful. We stuffed ourselves with delicious food, adult beverages and danced into the night. The next morning with our heads still pounding from the dance music or rather the alcohol, I can never tell which, we gathered for a breakfast made of giant blueberry pancakes and Burritos of Love before hitting the road. I was sad to see my seldom seen friends go their separate ways however the west was pulling me back with the promises of wild adventures. Rock City was only 3.5 hours from Kansas City and there I would be able to stretch my legs, soak in the expansive landscape, and get in a little bouldering
Yes, bouldering in Kansas. Rock City consists of a field of several sandstone eggs sitting randomly in the middle of a field in central Kansas. Not really a destination bouldering spot but if you need to get on some rock it’s the perfect place. Since I have been climbing I have never identified with one specific type of climbing. I have always been a climber not a trad climber or sport climber or boulderer specifically but a climber. It’s all the same, it’s all climbing. Many scoff at the “bad” bouldering that Rock City has to offer however to me, all climbing is good climbing especially on a long road trip and even more so when the weather at home has been wet and soggy for the past month. The restless beast was, for now, satiated until the mountains are once again at my doorstep.
Here is a short video of me bouldering a bit. It’s my first try at putting together a video. Hope you like it!