We welcomed the new season with a trip to Bushwhack Rocks on Sunday, doing a healthy mix of toprope, trad, and bouldering. Many of the routes were the same as we did last weekend, including The Way Life Should Be, Bifurcation, Siren's Call, and Beginner's Crack. We also got on a nice sustained face climb called Sickle Edge Anemia and a good crack called Anduril, slightly further down the main wall.
|Colin Fergus bridging the gap. Photo: Mark 'Indy' Kochte|
|Me on The Way Life Should Be. Photo: Mark 'Indy' Kochte|
|Erin O'Brien on Siren's Call. Photo: Mark 'Indy' Kochte|
|Matt Elletson on Bifurcation. Photo: Mark 'Indy' Kochte|
|Pennie Close on Anduril. Photo: Mark 'Indy' Kochte|
We also started working on an intense new climb, which despite being on toprope required three crashpads and a few spotters to adequately protect. None of us managed to finish it yet, but we did have several dramatic falls too keep the mood light.
|Ben Chamish scoping out the landing|
|Colin Fergus squeezing new holds into the rock. Photo: Mark 'Indy' Kochte|
|Guess he didn't squeeze hard enough. Photo: Mark 'Indy' Kochte|
|Matt Elletson trying from the other side. Photo: Mark 'Indy' Kochte|
|Lenita Mccray seeing what tiny fingers can do. Photo: Mark 'Indy' Kochte|
|Do I really look this mad when I climb? Photo: Mark 'Indy' Kochte|
After abandoning our project for the day, we decided to get in a little bouldering while the sunlight lasted. I did Tourette's Razor a couple more times, breaking off a huge hold in the process, and we got on a few boulders that I hadn't been on the last few times out. New problems included That's Not a Woodpecker, Sharp Tooth, Milli Vanilli, and Gollum's Pancake. Colin also worked on a couple problems in a small roof area that I had been checking out a couple weeks ago, though we called it a day after my knee made an unnatural popping sound and he sliced his finger open when the crux hold sheared off. Nice of him to thin out the dangerous holds for our next trip out! We'll have to make that soon...
|Lenita Mccray on Milli Vanilli. Photo: Mark 'Indy' Kochte|
|Ben Chamish topping out Milli Vanilli|
|Ben Chamish on Sharp Tooth|
|Erin O'Brien on That's Not A Woodpecker|
|Kate Fergus on That's Not A Woodpecker. Photo: Mark 'Indy' Kochte|
|Me on Gollum's Pancake. Photo: Mark 'Indy' Kochte|
|Ben Chamish on Tourette's Razor|
|Colin Fergus powering through a short roof|