|Charlie on Jerry Rigged|
Actually, I might have been better off just walking through them. After almost ten hours in the car, with too much coffee and too little water, my climbing was depressing at best. Feeling shaky and sketched out on everything I touched, I finally gave up and climbed the nearest V0, just so I could top something out on what might be the only dry day I ever experienced there. Even that seemed like a mistake when it took me five minutes to work up the courage to get back down.
The next morning, fortified by a good Mexican dinner and a solid night of sleep, we got an early start to climb as much as we could before the rain that was supposed to roll in around noon. As it turned out, we were able to climb until well after 5:00, and I even managed to get my first sunburn of the year.
Deciding to go for volume over difficulty, I warmed up on several of the problems on the Bowling Ball before doing Kingpin, which I have to admit renewed my appreciation of slopers. I took a couple shots at the beginning of I Think I Can, but realized it would ruin me for everything else, and went over to finish Watermelon Slab instead. From there we all went down to Super Mario, which I was happy to find was actually as good as its reputation.
|John on Super Mario|
|Justin on Super Mario|
Moving on, Charlie and Mark knocked out Deception in a couple tries each.
|Mark making the reach|
|Charlie looking smooth...|
|...and going big|
|Dana on Cyclops|
|Me on The Wave Photo: Mark Profeta|
In the meantime, my hip is feeling a little better, and I'm hoping to climb again as early as Thursday. And even if it's not ready by then, I had my best hangboard workout ever yesterday, so I'd definitely be motivated to fit in an extra session or two until I'm all healed up. Gotta take the small victories, no matter which direction they come from.