This was a common phrase for us on our long drive out to Washington from Colorado. Mollie and I could not believe it. We were on our way to go crush (another common verb used during this trip) Infinite Bliss (IV 5.10c) in Washington and we only met less than 6 weeks ago.
Funny how things work out sometimes. I thought my dream of Infinite Bliss was gone when I was left down in the dumps by the end of a long relationship with my climbing partner. I had given up on all hope of getting a change to climbing the 23 pitch route on my 23rd birthday. How am I going to find a climbing partner who I trust enough and who can take the time off on short notice to climb this route?
I didn't know the answer and I didn't think there was one.
"You need to start climbing with new people, Pat, especially if you're moving back to Washington. You know how much awesome Alpine [climbing] there is there?!"
Oh, Johnson. He always got on me about not liking climbing with random people. I put a lot of weight into climbing partners. It's more than just a belayer for me but I was starting to realize I no longer have a girlfriend who is highly competent climber. That was the perfect scenario and now it was over and I was back to looking for/creating a new climbing partner. Alright, I suppose I should give this a try...
That's how Mollie and I found each other, via the Partner Search on mountainproject.com. I rolled the dice and I think I might have won. A chick who is stoked on life and cares more about traveling and experiencing things than sitting behind a desk to accrue expendable income that never gets used? Sweet!
So when I brought up the topic of attempting Infinite Bliss, she was sold before I could even finish. She had never been to Washington, never climbed something so epic and got to travel. I couldn't believe it. Is she for real?
Yes. Yes she was.
So there we were, driving out to Washington on our 8 day adventure. First stop was birthday sendage on Infinite Bliss for my birthday then travel to the coast and then hit the road back to Colorado with a quick stop in City of Rocks, Idaho for some more sendage.