It’s been hell in the Inland Empire. The temps have been averaging 104F for the past two weeks. Elevation climbing has been warmer than usual, and my climbing gym has been unbearable. Bikram climbing isn’t as awesome as some would like to think. So I have taken a forced short climbing break. I never knew how much free time I actually have when i’m not climbing. I’ve always wanted to visit this local microbrewery called Hangar 24 in Redlands, CA. It’s a 15 minute drive from my gym/university. With my free time, I decided to finally go out and visit.
Hangar 24 gets its name from its location. The brewery is smack dab in the middle of Redlands Municipal Airport. Pilots and beer, sounds like a legitimate combination.
They have a tasting room that welcomes visitors on a daily basis. I finally made it out, and its a very chill place to hang out with a pint and a friend. You can bring outside food, just grab a pint of your choice and have lunch on the terrace that has a backdrop of the San Bernadino National Forest Mountain range.
This evening I went to Hangar 24 with friends… being the natural born climber, I slid my fingers in a crack in-between the wood. There is never a bad time to practice your finger locks right?
10 minutes later, I tried to stand up… but my knuckles were STUCK in the table. That table crack was like a Chinese finger trap. My wonderful friend Jackie had enough time to take out her camera. She took a picture of me with my hand still stuck in the table. This is me, mid-freak out, face palming myself. Ultimate fail. Im pretty sure me hyperventilating didn’t help the situation. I became delirious, at one point I said “Pour beer on it, maybe it will slide right out”. I started to reach for the beer, and my friend stopped me and said, “DONT WASTE THE BEER.” I started having a legitimate buzzed freak out after a few attempts to get my hand out, but it wouldn’t budge. It got to the moment where I had to get my strong climber friends to stretch out and pry the wood planks apart.
Yea, not the most glorious 5 minutes of my life… but I survived, barely.
Eventually I recovered form my ordeal. All-in-all, I love this brewery! Next week we bought tickets to a tasting. CUPCAKES & BEER PAIRING. The two things I love in life. If it was acceptable for a sustainable living, cupcakes & beer would be my everything. Tickets went on sale at 7pm, at 7:25pm I bought the last ticket available. Glad to know i’m not the only one who thought this was a fabulous idea.
Below, the confusing image surprisingly occurred BEFORE the visit to the brewery. Another stupid idea that we execute flawlessly. We created “PairClimbing”
Rules: help your friends get to the top, body parts are ON.
Yes, it’s an idiotic idea to climb over each other. Anyways, I know i’m not the only beer enthusiast climber out there… What’s your favorite microbrew?
Stay thirsty my friends & Climb ON!