Last week I saw this video, and decided it was time I finally got up to Gretna.
Yesterday I made the trip, taking advantage of the high 60s temps to get on some of the harder boulders before the summer heat came back. Although I only saw a fraction of what it had to offer, Gretna was totally worth the hype I've heard about it, and The Squeak was as fun to work on as I'd expected.
|Mark Profeta demonstrating his levitation beta|
It's about as pure a footwork problem as I've ever seen, traversing right on smears for several feet before making a few thin steps up and left to set up a throw for a good flake. After working on it for a while, I had everything up to the throw pretty much wired, but never was able to stick that move.
Eventually (and after a nasty backflop that snapped my neck back and sent my glasses flying) I gave up and went to check out The Islander with everyone else. I gave that a couple half-hearted burns, still shaking off my fall more than I realized at the time.
I stopped at The Squeak one more time on the way out, hoping the falling temperature would make a difference. Still no luck, but I made a couple small refinements that brought me close, and am pretty sure I can finish it if I go back with fresh skin and full energy. Now it's just a matter of finding a cool enough day, which could very well mean waiting until after summer.
Not sure how it's taken me so long to visit this place, but can't wait to go back!