Sunday, May 18, 2008

Ashley's Surgery and Red Feather

Ashley went into surgery on Thursday morning. She had a fibroid tumor that grew a lot while she was pregnant with Autumn. It kept growing for the last three years, and had gotten to be the sized of a softball. It weighed about two and a half pounds. Now it's been removed, but the surgery was difficult. Ashley lost a liter of blood, and got sick from the anesthesia. She's feeling much better now, but she's not supposed to climb for four weeks. I missed her at the crags today.

While Ashley was home today, I took the daughters and the dogs to climb with Jacob at Red Feather. Jacob gave us a tour of what he calls the Warm-up area, and the H.I.P.S. (Hidden In Plain Sight) boulder. It was a great day.

The Warm-up area has some very fun slightly highball warm-ups, and a great dyno to another dyno problem.

Jacob climbing a perfect warm-up.

The Dyno to another Dyno problem.

From there we headed just up the hill and Jacob did the F.A. of a problem he had cleaned on a previous day. It follows two cracks to an insecure feature squeezing mantle. He named it "Huggy Bear" Using his beta I got the second ascent. It's a great problem, but I didn't get photos.

Soon afterward we hiked a bit further to the H.I.P.S. Boulder. At normal hiking speed you could get to this boulder in about 10 minutes from the road, yet it was only developed recently. It has at least five high quality problems on it from easy, to how the heck did Ben climb that? We both got close to sending the problem pictured. It's a really good problem. My projects are multiplying.


sock hands said...

good wishes to ashley... 2.5 lbs???!!! i predict post-recovery CRUSHING. 2.5lbs is, like, 25% of her pre-surgery weight, so she should float even more crimping nightmares. word.

also, that feather block looks very very good. word to jacob.

chuffer said...

wow. this gain in strength to weight ratio is not recommended.

here's to a fast recovery Ashley!

peace - chipper

Cam said...

Best wishes to Ashley! She will be back crushing harder than me in no time.

A note about the RFL boulder...Apparently Jay Tarry, Dave Ludders and crew did all that stuff years ago. They named the right arete "Fat Man in a Little Coat" and did most of the other lines on the boulder, but didn't name them. He kept telling me about it, but we got distracted by all the other things and never made it over to it until a couple of weeks ago.

David said...

Thanks for the positive thoughts everybody, and thanks for the information about the boulder Cam. Jacob said that the right arete, had already been cleaned when he found the boulder. "Fat Man in a Little Coat" is a great looking line. Is the boulder named the RFL boulder?

sock hands said...

i think he just meant redfeather lakes by RFL.

this boulder is called the "sock hands owns souls and earfs boulder".

i have never been there, so naturally, this is quite an honor. thanks for keeping me closely in mind.