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Sending & Granola!

Posted Jul 13 2013 8:28pm

My boyfriend and I just recently purchased a great tent from REI from the Memorial Day sale.  When we camped at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch about a month ago, we never practiced setting it up before going.  Because, how hard is it to set up a tent, right?  How many people do you think it takes a set up a tent in…..30 minutes? 1? 2? How about 4! It took our small climbing group over half an hour to set up a two-person tent.  Don’t judge us- it was weird. This past weekend, it took my boyfriend and I about 5 minutes.  SUCCESS. Setting up tents = Rocket Science; no big deal.  We even saw this beauty camped a few spots away from us:

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Car camping at it’s finest. A retro VW van is my dream car!

Dalton and I had a fantastic time at the ranch this past weekend.  We realized that our climbing endurance is non-existant and couldn’t climb half of what we wanted to climb on Saturday as to not burn ourselves out on Sunday, but apparently it was a lot easier than we thought.  Sunday was mildly pathetic.  On Saturday,  we both redpointed the same climb we had tried  the month before; Horseshoes & Hand Grenades 5.11a.  This will be my hardest redpoint to date! YAY for only sport climbing 4 times in my life! I tried Crimp Scampi 5.10d on Sunday for the second time and I was so worn out that I climbed worse on it than when I climbed it the previous month.  I did try a fun 40ft 5.11b called Spartacus.  I completed it with 3 falls and wouldn’t mind going back to redpoint. The crux is super crimpy which is totally my climbing style. It was such a great trip, but I’m afraid it is the last one until the Fall.  Sunday temperatures quickly rose to 90 by noon.  Such a bummer!

I made a simple granola this week and it turned out great! My biggest issue with homemade granola is there are never enough clusters when I make it.  Granola without clusters is like a weird/bad trail mix. Seriouseats  suggested using egg white in granola is a better binding agent.  I must admit, it provided far more clusters  than my previous granola recipe.  It only calls for 1 egg white.  Next time, I will try two. I substituted pecans for walnuts because I had a massive bag in my freezer.  I also omitted the dried fruit to take down on cost.

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