Lesson learned for today: My camera automatically shuts off after 10 minutes of inactivity. Apparently, "inactivity" includes when the camera is sitting on a tripod recording video.
I discovered this fact today on a trip to some "new" boulders in Laurel. Located in High Ridge Park, I first went to check them out a couple weeks ago after being sent an aerial image of the area, with a section of possible boulders highlighted. As I walked along the river past several smaller rocks, I had just begun to think maybe there was nothing big enough to climb on, when I came around the corner to see a cluster of 10-20 foot boulders. And got very excited.
The broken glass around the base of some boulders was evidence that they do get some visitors, but it's hard to tell whether any of them are climbers. I've certainly never heard anything about them in any case.
After making a couple unsuccessful attempts to get back out and climb there this week, good weather and scheduling finally coincided this morning. Getting an early start to beat the next round of rain, my friend Vince and I met at the park and made our way through the woods. Coming in from above, we got in a quick warmup on a small boulder near the top of the ridge.
|Vincent Faires starting the day with some slab|
|Vince continuing his warmup... in the rain|
Then it started to rain. Sorta hard. We abandoned the warmup and walked down the hill to the boulder that we had come there for. Tall and overhung, with a great looking compression line coming right out the middle, I had been thinking about it since first seeing it a couple weeks ago.
|It didn't look this tall from below...|
After about 15 minutes of us working out the initial sequence, Vince managed to stick a long throw to a small ledge, and worked his way up the arete and through the increasingly wet slab on top. Not sure which of us was more nervous! After the impressive send, we went to watch the video and discovered the aforementioned camera issues. So much for video beta! We called it a day pretty quickly after that, wanting to save some skin for Bushwhack tomorrow, but it was great to see this one go down.
|Vince setting up for the big throw|