A great highlight during our time in Austin was the chance to meet up with Yair and Ayo from Our Take On Freedom. Cory found them on Craigslist while searching for a spot for us to park the RV for SXSW. They had also posted to Craigslist, mentioning that they were 20something professionals living in an RV. Unbeknownst to me, Cory reached out to them and set up a meet-up. When he finally told me, I immediately knew who they were!

During our initial preparations for the trip, I searched through all the RV lifestyle blogs. I loved Our Take on Freedom, and how perfectly it resonated with our own view.

Of course, they’re just as wonderful in person as online! We were lucky enough to have Yair take us rock climbing along the Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin, TX.

Cory and I have both rockclimbed a good amount in our past, though only in gyms. We’d never experienced true, outdoor climbing!

What better way than with an avid climber who provides all the gear??

I think we started at the wrong point for our first climb, since it didn’t quite match up with the map, but it was still fun!

Yair was a great coach, though I definitely had a moment of hesitation: “I’m trusting my body to a guy we met off Craigslist?! Cue horror story.”

We learned proper technique – use your legs, not your arms, for power, strength, and movement. Jam your hand into cracks to provide support. And PUSH UP!

I struggled in a few places, but I think I did pretty well for my first outdoor climbing! Cory, of course, was a natural.

It was DIRTY. And tough, and challenging, but oh. so. rewarding!

At least I kept a smile on my face!

Thanks, Yair, for taking us on this adventure! We’d love to do some more climbing with you someday. You are a trooper for coaching us through it.

Even when I fell on my butt while trying to rappel down!

What a fun day! We are looking forward to doing some rock climbing again soon!

xo

Lindsay

Yair and Cory searching for the route up

Yair and Cory searching for the route up

Love Austin

Love Austin

Climbing gear

Climbing gear

Recreational Cory

Recreational Cory

Yair carrying his large amount of gear!

Yair carrying his large amount of gear!

Starting a little free climb while Yair sets us up

Starting a little free climb while Yair sets us up

A lot of rope is a good thing

A lot of rope is a good thing

Yair descending down

Yair descending down

Getting in the harness

Getting in the harness

Are you sure you know what you're doing??

Are you sure you know what you're doing??

Getting going

Getting going

Footing is the most important part - strength and movement should come from your legs, not your arms

Footing is the most important part - strength and movement should come from your legs, not your arms

Got myself caught in a tight spot!

Got myself caught in a tight spot!

Checking for spiders before jamming my hand into a crack for leverage

Checking for spiders before jamming my hand into a crack for leverage

This was a tough ledge to get over!

This was a tough ledge to get over!

Cory in action

Cory in action

Our trusty guide

Our trusty guide

Cory was a pro

Cory was a pro

I could not get the knots right. Girl Scout fail.

I could not get the knots right. Girl Scout fail.

Luckily, Yair was patient

Luckily, Yair was patient

But I could keep a smile on my face!

But I could keep a smile on my face!

odd angle, but shows the weird positions you find yourself in!

odd angle, but shows the weird positions you find yourself in!

DIRT everywhere!

DIRT everywhere!

working for it

working for it

again

again

and again!

and again!

It's not ideal to find yourself standing up - I seemed to always end up like this!

It's not ideal to find yourself standing up - I seemed to always end up like this!

Cory at the top of a climb

Cory at the top of a climb

Keeping it all secure

Keeping it all secure

This part seemed incredibly tough, but actually wasn't too bad to get past!

This part seemed incredibly tough, but actually wasn't too bad to get past!

Girl on a ledge

Girl on a ledge

almost to the top

almost to the top

Belay on!

Belay on!

This is not the recommended position for rappelling down

This is not the recommended position for rappelling down

A tad better.

A tad better.

Yair and Cory searching for the route upLove AustinClimbing gearRecreational CoryYair carrying his large amount of gear!Starting a little free climb while Yair sets us upA lot of rope is a good thingYair descending downGetting in the harnessAre you sure you know what you're doing??Getting goingFooting is the most important part - strength and movement should come from your legs, not your armsGot myself caught in a tight spot!Checking for spiders before jamming my hand into a crack for leverageThis was a tough ledge to get over!Cory in actionOur trusty guideCory was a proI could not get the knots right. Girl Scout fail.Luckily, Yair was patientBut I could keep a smile on my face!odd angle, but shows the weird positions you find yourself in!DIRT everywhere!working for itagainand again!It's not ideal to find yourself standing up - I seemed to always end up like this!Cory at the top of a climbKeeping it all secureThis part seemed incredibly tough, but actually wasn't too bad to get past!Girl on a ledgealmost to the topBelay on!This is not the recommended position for rappelling downA tad better.
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4 Responses to Reaching New Heights – Austin, TX

  1. Sweet! It was great climbing with you guys. (Meeting you both was pretty great as well.)

    Looking forward to next time. Austin during SXSW 2013?

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