The reason for our road trip to Colorado is the Great American Beer Festival, so once we reached Fort Collins beer took a priority on our itinerary. But that doesn’t mean we couldn’t also have some outdoors fun!
We set our alarms early (we’re not THAT dedicated beer drinkers…there is far too much to do in the morning!) and headed out to Horsetooth Reservoir for some bouldering among the rocks that helped kick start the sport years ago.
The Piano Boulders area seemed to offer a wide range of climbs so we decided to start there. After warming up I worked a fantastic 60 ft traverse with all kinds of techniques represented, while David worked this 360 degree V5 traverse of the Piano Boulder.
I really, really loved the climbing at Horsetooth. The rock was great and there was enough to keep me and my lame climbing skills entertained.
After climbing we headed over to New Belgium Brewing for a tour. These guys have a climbing gym in their brewery. Just let me know where to sign up.
We had fresh Fat Tire, bottled less than an hour before it was poured in our tasters.
Also, they had a tornado slide but they made us put our beers down first. Pfft.
Our day ended down in Boulder, where we stopped for a late dinner and beers at Avery and Backcountry Pizza (with an incredible tap list). Again, we were being bad beer drinkers and headed to bed early to get up and hike in the morning!