A couple weeks ago I went back out to Sugarloaf with Jon and his friend Logan, not with any particular projects in mind, but simply to find something we hadn't yet climbed. Starting out on Secondhand Smoke, we worked our way up the hill to an interesting boulder that Jon had been looking at, a diamond shaped slab perched on top of other rocks at hip height so that the crux was really just getting up onto it. From there we went toward the main climbing area of the summit, and got on one of the boulders that we'd seen from the trail before but never had a chance to check out. Two of the faces had cool little lines that had obviously seen some traffic recently, and there looked like potential for another fun line coming out of a small overhang.
At that point we had to get Logan back down to his car, but rather than calling it a day Jon and I drove out to the Ephraim area to play on our new favorite boulder for a bit. Jon quickly pieced together his project on the right side, and I did a direct start to Awakening that's almost as fun as the original. I have a feeling the approach to that one will be a jungly mess in a couple months time, so I definitely wouldn't turn down a couple more trips there in the meantime!
|Photo: Jon Alexander|
|Photo: Sean Espinoza|
|Photo: Sean Espinoza|
We didn't have enough sunlight left to get out to Bushwhack, but stopped on the way out to finish on one of my favorite little slabs. Although Sean didn't quite manage Bitterness & Shadows, he pieced together Awakening and more than earned his multiple plates at the Pakistani buffet where we met Emily later. For the record, I know laddu are meant to be for dessert, but I found them to be a perfectly acceptable breakfast as well!
This past weekend I got back out to Sugarloaf for probably my best session yet, with some of my favorite people. After some runs on the warmup slab, Vince and Chris quickly took down Comatorium, the line on the right of the face, and Vince sent Reawakening (aka Awakening Direct) with little trouble. Dan worked on a line in the center of the face that didn't go yet, but it was an impressive show from someone whose arm had recently been paralyzed for two months! I also put in several attempts at an arete-free version of Reawakening, finally managing to send it on what I knew would be my last attempt of the day. With that, Chris and I packed up and headed off to birthday parties and musicals, while the rest of the crew stayed around to explore for a bit.
It's been a great couple weeks, and it's been just as good to come online and see photos and videos of of others' walks in the woods. So much good stuff going down. So much to climb out there.