In the evening on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, a handful of climbers in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia region will bring their rock shoes and a dish to share to Sportrock for the annual Thanksgiving potluck.
At about the same time, a group will have already been ascending the cracks on the beautiful vertical walls around Indian Creek in Utah in a less structured tradition known locally as Creeksgiving.
In the southern hemisphere, many nomad climbers have flocked to El Chalten in Argentina or other climbing destinations in Patagonia to take advantage of the time off, or perhaps avoid the family altogether.
Others will use the time off to make it a four-day weekend and extend their time for their climb, whether it’s a sport climb project or a ground-up route on some remote mountain anywhere convenient or alluring.
Regardless of what you have planned, have a Happy Thanksgiving.
I’ll be with my family and our six out-of-town guests, enjoying a ham (instead of a turkey) and sipping a craft beer thinking of all that I am thankful for.
Climbing and other climbers are high on my list.