|My good friend Dustin!!|
--- Greenland --- time made itself available at home here in Colorado.
Recently completed rock climbs.
Psychatomic, Monastery, Estes Park. 5.12d -- 5th try on lead
Undertow, The Slab, Boulder. 5.12b -- 2nd try ever (1st try was the warm-up climb of the day ---ops, effed on-sighting!)
New Music, Lumpy Ridge. 5.11dR-- Top roped 8 years ago....so an Alzheimer's on-sight? Funky pro, but super good!
I also had a good run at the First Flatiron last week also.
A busy errand day in Boulder-town had me itching for a run up the First Flatiron. Driving to Chautauqua Park, I was easily side-tracked by my good friend Kelly Cramer. She just moved into a new place and I hadn't seen it or her in months. Upon arriving, she offered me a PBR.
I didn't decline.
After a wee bit of chatting, the suns' twinkle off the First Flatiron became too pervasive. I fled, slightly buzzed.
The run, led by Dustin, began a little more quickly than preferred (but looking back, it set the tone nicely).
I kept up, then moved ahead. Having only been back to Colorado for 10 days, it was with great surprise I arrived to the base just under 14 minutes.
Still breathing heavily, I strapped on my shoes and let the paddling begin. Was it the PBR or a month in the Valley? For some reason the sandstone, this day, felt like the grip tape on my skateboard....so much friction!!!!
A smidgen over 12 minutes later I stood on the top!! Stoked, best rip yet!
|HOME Sweet HOME!|
I had a few great solo adventures on Lumpy ridge. One day in particular included; Magical Chrome Plated Semi-Automatic Enema Syringe, Tennis Shoe Tango, The Great Dihedral, The Dog, White Whale, Osiris, and Pear Buttress. While wandering back to the base of The Book, a walking error caused a wicked ankle sprain. Adrenaline was still pumping, so I started up Pear Buttress. Pain washed over me near the top. I paused to enjoy the summit and hobbled back to the base, yet again. My day wasn't over. Bronson was coming to belay me for a lead go on El Camino, 5.12c.
It went with a few hangs. The ankle hurt but not enough to use it as a non-send excuse.
I hoped to return before Greenland madness but he walk out from Lumpy was difficult, therefore making another pilgrimage back to the cliff undesirable.