Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sport Climbing Psych! Photodump

Well since my last post a lot has happened, but the highlights revolve around coaching the kids three days a week for the six week between ABS Youth Divisionals and Nationals, as well as a ton of route setting, nursing my injured finger, and trying to gain endurance for an attempt to become a sport climber again.
Check out videos of Team Anonymous at Nationals over at our team blog.

Lately, I've been getting back onto the rock a little bit to see how the transition to sport climber is coming. The good news is, I'm starting to feel it, though I'm not where I want to be yet.

During our first day back out, Charlie Andrews snagged a last-try ascent of Shawn Diamond's Malibu Creek testpiece, Lateralus, his first 5.14a. More pics here.

Charlie Andrews warming up on "Ghetto Crossing" (5.13a).
Charlie sending "Lateralus" (5.14a). Maddy Voloshin Photo.

  This past Sunday, a small group of us headed out to Boney Bluff, a savage little sport cliff in the Santa Monica Mountains, with over a dozen 5.13's.

Formations of the Backbone Range from the Sandstone Peak Trailhead.
 Facundo Langbehn was able to send Skinny White Boy (.12d) second go and Sureshot (.13a) on his third.  I narrowly missed sending Sureshot as well, falling with my fingertips just brushing the thank god jug below the chains.

Facundo sending "Skinny White Boy" (.12d)
Facundo Langbehn sending "Sureshot" (5.13a).
Facundo about to clip the chains.
Needless to say, I'm psyched to get back to Boney Bluff next Sunday and get a few sends this time!