|Liberty Herring sending "Slice 'n' Dice" (v9)|
|Paul under the projects|
|Hanna, running a lap up "Natasha's Highball" (v2)|
Although I had thought that I was done climbing for the day, several boulderers lingered in the canyon as the sun dipped low and my motivation returned. I vowed to "make it count" if I made people wait around for me until dark, so I was SO PSYCHED to finally stick the right hand pinch above the lip slopers, and stand up into that left hand undercling, making my way up the much easier slab to the summit, just as it was becoming too dark to keep going. We hiked out with headlamps, and I got my first taste of success of the trip.
|Shot from October of the opening sequence of "Wet Dream Right" (I actually didn't end up using this beta).||Liberty Herring photo.|
|Paul on his then project.|
The 30th was an active rest day. Anthony, Hans, and I hiked above Paul's project and found several other amazing-looking lines, including the one pictured with me below.
|Red Rock continues to deliver. Who's gonna do this one?|
|Trevor Sekk entering the "Shark Tube."|
|Tiger stripes in First Creek|
|Paul engaging the sick drop knee on the then proj. later to become "Trieste" (v14).|
|Alexandra working "The Mole" (v7)|
|Paul chilling on top of "Triest" (v14) after his FA.|
Of course, Red Rock is too good to actual rest, even after a long night of partying, so after a long slow morning, we found ourselves back at Kraft. Alexandra tried the classic, cryptic, crimpy traverse "Orange Top Blue Sky" (v8), and Anthony and I found our way back to Gateway Canyon with the crew. Together, we set to work on "Book of Nightmares," which required another consecutive day of projecting for us to start to feel like we were getting close.
|Beautiful features in Gateway Canyon|
|Devlin Gandy topping out "Americana Exotica" (v10), Gateway Canyon.|
|Anthony and I under "Book of Nightmares." Why the thumbs up if nobody sent? We obviously were enjoying the process.|
|Trevor Sekk getting off the deck on "Memento Vitae" (v6)|
|Devlin Gandy sending "25 Cents" (v5)|
|Setting up for the pogo on "Stand and Deliver" (V11). Trevor Sekk photo|
|Coming SO close to sticking the toss.|
I luckily ran into my friends Craig, Kenny, and Andrea way up a hill in Gateway Canyon, under the physical, Hueco-like roof climb "Seek and Destroy" (v10). Kenny had just sent and Andrea and Craig were both coming close, so I got psyched and decided to throw the shoes on and see if I could redeem myself for last year's several failed redpoint burns. Imagine my excitement when I sent it third try!
On the last day, we went back to the "Avian Flu" roof. Alexandra was feeling well enough to climb, and she nearly sent the burly problem, coming agonizingly close several times.
|Alexandra nearly sending "Avian Flu" (v5).|
Since the return, we've set for two weeks, moved apartments, and I even got deathly ill for a few days, hence the delayed and overly wordy update.
I'm pretty psyched about plans to climb at Black Mt. this weeked. Have fun and climb safe, wherever you are.