On Saturday, I'd planned to visit the Land of Oz with Cameron in order to find and clean some problems that I could climb with my family on Sunday. Oz still looked snowy in the distance, so we went to Sweetwater instead. Cameron made an inspiring ascent of "Take it Easy." It seems like I'm the only person that the problem fits well. Cameron also climbed "Norwegian Warmup" and then we started work on a project on the right side of the Norewgian Wood face.
Cameron and I ended the day by cleaning up a wall with some warmups and a pumpy traverse on jugs. On the hike out, Cameron made a flash ascent of "Gimme Three Steps."
The next day Ashley and I named the juggy wall "Coffee Wall" after it's dark patina, and that it gets you started in the morning.
Ashley got the first ascent of the full traverse and named it "Mocha Machine" V3/4.
Ashley did the second ascent of "The Roof is on Fire," worked on "Norwegian Wood" and then started working on a new line. A traverse below "True Grit." It climbed surprisingly well, and the start wasn't as low as it initially looked. We both worked on it, and worked ourselves in the process.
We returned yesterday for a surprisingly perfect day. I found and brushed a good new warmup, and Ashley climbed the first ascent on her first try. "The Walls are Coming Down" V1.
Ashley beat me to the first ascent of "Butterfly Traverse" V7.
It took me three more attempts, and I felt lucky to be able to finish the second ascent yesterday. It was surprisingly difficult to finish it off after doing the start.
In over twenty days spent bouldering at Sweetwater I've only seen one rattlesnake. But ever since our dog Sundance was bitten by one during a Spring Break in Colorado, we try not to take any chances. A couple months ago we had both our dogs vaccinated against rattlesnake venom. It helps us be a bit more relaxed out there.
The Sleestak Project was done from a stand start yesterday. The SDS is still a project.