The Roanoker - March 2014 - (Page 66)
R THE PERFECT WEEKEND
Brent Cochran at the River Rock Climbing Wall in Roanoke: "Late spring on the New River is hard to beat."
Brent Cochran, Owner,
River Rock Climbing
A young man's ideal weekend changes when he becomes a family man.
IT ISN'T SURPRISING that Brent Cochran
likes the outdoors. His company, River Rock
Climbing brings the excitement of climbing
a mountain inside. But many would be surprised that his perfect weekend isn't what it
was just a few years ago. Or a few months ago,
for that matter.
Back then, he'd be happy to get away from it
all, camp in the wilds of America's Northwest
near where he attended grad school. Climb
a mountain, race down a path at break-neck
speed on a bike. It would have been a weekend
of excitement, fueled by adrenaline.
His perfect weekend still has many of those
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excitements. Just scaled back.
You see, where he would once stay up all
night to arrive at the base of a mountain or
the head of a trail, his nights are now spent
with women. Actually one woman - his wife
Meghan - and their daughter, Estella. Any
parent can tell you that the addition of a sixmonth-old little girl changes a man. Changes
what is important.
So, given a weekend free of any constraint
(other than time), Cochran chooses not to
waste any of that time and get outside around
here. Depending on the season, he heads to
the beach or mountains. Ocracoke on North
Carolina's Outer Banks is a good place to start.
The surf is pretty good for the East Coast. Family, wine and a campfire on the beach make for
If the seasons call for a trip to the mountains, the Canaan Valley in West Virginia or
Grayson Highlands are perfect. A bit of mountain biking and floating down a river.
"Late spring on the New River is hard to
beat", says Cochran.
Sunday night, returns home to Roanoke.
After a hot shower, dinner at Local Roots with
cold drinks, good food. And, of course, his
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Roanoker - March 2014
Roanoker - March 2014
Dudes! and What it Means to Be One
Three More Dudes
Top 10 Annoying Dude Traits and How to Overcome Them
Dude-Dubious: The Awards for Questionable Achievement
The Lady in Black
and Her Harassment
Man Caves, Roanoke Style
Carvins Cove at 70
Dude Eats: Jack Brown's
The Perfect Weekend
The Roanoker - March 2014