In anticipation of the Can Chiller launch, we looked to our community of content creators to see who would help us capture the story of this product. Our drinkware that you've come to know and love empowers you to make the most of the journey; now, whether enjoying sparkling water, craft beer, or anything in between, the Can Chiller enables you to fully bask in the destination. You put in the work—with the Can Chiller, we want you to fully enjoy the reward. At the top of our list was a longtime friend of the brand, Willie Woodward. In today's Weekend Agenda, Willie shares about a recent trip climbing with some friends outside of Bend, OR. Join us as he shares his journey and how the Can Chiller helped him make the most of the reward!
If you’ve ever experienced the majesty that is Smith Rock, you know the feeling—in the summer months, the main climbing areas are mostly quiet, the stifling heat keeping even dedicated climbers in the gym rather than outdoors. 6am, though, brings another side of Smith. The desert nights cool the rock and chasing shade becomes the name of the game.
During this trip, I had two friends with me. After arriving at Smith before the crowds and as more and more of this place came into sun, we made our way down the trail, heading towards a group working on new routes at the Monument area. This time of year isn’t for testing your climbing project; it’s for spending time on new routes, scouting new areas, and enjoying the relative quiet of the wee morning hours. From 6 till 10am, we were still in the shade, and the morning felt almost cool. Fall is creeping more and more around the corner each day.
We took turns heading up the pockets and ledges of the volcanic tuff. The day progressed along nicely, and before lunch, we all had a handful of new climbs under our belts. As the sun began to peak more often through the thin clouds, it seemed as though we were quickly running out of time before the heat caught up.
A quick hiatus of climbing for a sparkling water in the new Can Chiller brought a welcome respite from the rising temperatures. Maybe one more route...perhaps two...because you never want to call your last route after all.
Well worked, pretty sweaty, and all feeling the soreness settling into our toes, the next step of the day was quickly decided: a cold water foot soak in the Deschutes River. Kind of like peas and carrots, rivers and cold adult beverages seem a match made in heaven. Soak on, little toes, soak on.
As the day waned to evening, a bit of a glow appeared on the clouds near the mountains. Nearly at once, we all thought, "Quick, grab your Can Chiller and let’s watch the sunset on the butte!"
There’s something special about knowing we’re so close to these majestic mountains. It’s like they are there just to remind us that, no matter how we’re experiencing the outdoors—whether it’s climbing the steep walls at Smith, hiking to surrounding summits, or floating on down the river—the days we spend living full are the ones that we’ll look back on and cherish.
Follow along on Willie's upcoming adventures by heading to his Instagram! Thanks for tuning in.