It's been too long. I started posting photos to Instagram as MRDLLOYD. It's been quick, and easy. And it's fun to see the "likes" accumulate. But Instagram also feels ephemeral, not quite genuine, and somewhat unsatisfying. Digital snacking on sweetened tweets. It occurred to me that if my Instagram account was accidentally deleted, it really wouldn't bother me at all. And if Facebook just disappeared, I'd probably be glad to see it go.
But blogs are different. And I'd really miss this blog if it was gone. So it's time to start updating it again.
Here are a couple shots taken from my Instagram.
Sweetwater, with an oh-so-sweet Instagram filter.
Ashley sending "Chobra" over Spring Break, V6, the Beach, Sinks Canyon.
Sierra sent the Whale, V3.
And Ashley and I both did a full traverse of the Lizard Lab boulder. It's long, but isn't really that difficult. It is pumpy, and really easy to slip off of near the end. That happened to me a couple times. Somehow I managed not to scream from frustration.
Up the hill, I climbed a version of Black Cross. I came in from the right instead of the left. With this start, the line is probably V3, but has small solid holds rather than the fragile flakes leading in from the left like my guidebook shows. I'd recommend the right start variation and give it a couple stars. Fun edge climbing on a tall line!
All winter I've been wanting to get back to Sweetwater, and over Easter weekend I got out there twice.
Saturday was spent just covering miles of territory carrying only my camera. I discovered that the good rock out there doesn't extend forever, but that even the chossy sectors have occasional moments of brilliance.
Roo exploring with me last Saturday.
And here's another really good rock anomaly.
Like any bouldering developer who's at a new set of boulders, he warmed up and then started hiking.
One undone line on solid grey stone, with nice textured holds caught my eye. It ended up going at V6. Ashley nabbed the first ascent.
The Grey, V6 SDS
Tick Tok, V5 SDS
Shane and I walked one more ridge before driving out. This boulder looks like it will be really good!
It's been a very busy and productive Spring. Though I haven't been blogging as frequently, I've been reading about climbing, and organizing my thoughts. It feels like I've arrived at some clarity about my various bouldering motivations, and what my version of bouldering is really all about. More posts will be coming soon...