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After staying in Denver for a couple of days, Alex and I spent a few hours in Boulder, Colorado on our way to and from Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park last week.
The first time, we walked the length of Pearl Street, where there are tons of cafes, shops, and an overall college town feel. We had breakfast at The Cup, where we were able to people watch while eating quiche and drinking coffee and almond hot chocolate (because I’m a lactose-intolerant four-year-old).
I wish we were there when the PrAna shop was open, but I’ll stick to shopping at REI or online for that. It would’ve been dangerous, had I gone inside.
The second time we stopped, it was for an early breakfast before heading back into Denver on our last day in Colorado. We wanted more quiche (typical) and to spend some time at a rock climbing gym, The Spot.
I have to say, I haven’t been climbing in maybe three months (yikes) but I had one of my best climbing experiences to date. I blame all the yoga I’ve been doing for the added strength and patience. The gym is HUGE, air conditioned, and did I mention HUGE?
Being a Monday, our day passes were half price, but we would’ve gladly paid full price for the amenities. This gym is nothing like any of our local gyms.
I really liked that they didn’t use the usual V-rating system (I usually stick to B, V1, and V2 routes), but instead use “the Spot system” so there are basically 1-4 dots at the start of each route. I wasn’t paying much attention to the translation between the two systems, so I was working on all sorts of problems…only to find out that my home gym is totally sandbagged compared to this place. A V2 at home would be -3 dots at The Spot. I’m proud of myself for ignoring the ratings and just working on some problems. There was one boulder in the middle of the gym that you climb to the top on that is so big at the top, I was able to do a few stretches.
If you’re ever in Boulder and want something fun and inexpensive to do (don’t worry if you’ve never done it before, it comes naturally), I highly suggest going to The Spot.
Have you tried bouldering?
When you visit a new town, do you end up going to the same places twice?