Week before last I spent a handful of days hiking up to Mt Potosi. As I mentioned before, this has never really been my favorite crag but solid partners for the area were plentiful and with an unrepeated 9a, I figured why not? I checked out Legrand's 'Bachelor Party' for a few days. It's essentially an extension to a gymnastic and mega steep 14b that I did last year called 'Hold Your Fire'. The upper section involves quite a bit of power out roofs with many 2 and 1 finger pockets. It features some cool movement, although it is literally 95% manufactured. As in, from the ground the the anchor I can count the number of natural holds, on one hand... Regardless, it's a hard rock climb and good training-- I was hoping to get psyched and potentially take it down, but despite some promising links, my motivation for it faded quickly. Perhaps another year when I have more time to play with but for now, I had other things on my mind.
|my machete of choice... the corona
|I'll be teaching a cairn building clinic this weekend at the Rendezvous if you're interested.
After a little trail work, and lugging the mandatory back breaking backpack for miles, I started bolting a killer route on some limestone far above Vegas. A couple days ago I finished it up, installing anchors always feels so good. It's a rad piece of stone, with drip features up brilliant bullet rock. It still needs some cleaning but it's looking gnarly hard and I can not wait to climb on it... unfortunately I might have to wait... I've got only a little more than a week left and I'm partnerless... ahhhh! something to come back to though I guess.
I did get out for a few days of bouldering recently too. Norah Siller and I semi-epiced among a sea of social trails on our hunt for Juniper canyon. I did one of the hardest V7s ever, a few easier gems and Ethan Pringle's awesome, 'Stand and Deliver' V11. I spent a sandstorm-windy-day in Gateway yesterday, mostly trying to convince Zeke to sit on my crash pad to prevent it from sailing away. He was not cooperative.
|Norah on 'The Cubicle', not your average V5
|Stand and Deliver
So from here I've got a few more fun nights, some long days climbing and the Red Rock Rendezvous (next weekend!) between me and my departure from Vegas. I'll spend a week or so catching up in Boulder before I leave for France in early April!