Sunday, May 31, 2015
The recent theme in Wyoming climbing has been trying to avoid the rain. Two weeks ago, Sweetwater was supposed to have the lowest probability, so that is where we went. Jesse came out with us. And as soon as we got there I hiked with him up the formation to an overhanging wall that I wanted to begin working on. I rapped in and cleaned a line, and then hiked back to the "Weapons of Mass Destruction" sector to warm up with my family. Jesse decided to stay up at the wall and keep cleaning lines.
My warm up line turned out to be more difficult than expected, but I figured it out eventually. It's just to the right of "Technical Difficulties" and I decided to name it "More Difficulties" V4.
While I was doing that, Jesse put up a line called "Cherry Bomb." Amazing features lead out a steep wall, and the slab at your back makes you climb with your arms bent a little. In the V2/3 range, it's the perfect warm up for the harder lines that will be put up in the area.
"Skin in the Game" V6
Saturday, May 9, 2015
It's raining this weekend, statewide, so we won't be getting outside. But last weekend Mike and Kaiya spent a day with us at Sweetwater. Mike first got in touch through Instagram, and two days later we were climbing together, telling jokes, and talking about mutual friends. It was a fun day, and I'm looking forward to getting out with them again.
Mike making a quick ascent of "Norwegian Wood" V6.
Ashley also climbed "Norwegian Wood." And that's news because she tried it on many occasions over the last few years. Heat, wind, fatigue, or fear had always gotten in the way. But last weekend she committed, topped out and had so much fun that she climbed it one more time.
We were lucky that it warned us, because I never would have seen it.
Mike made the first ascent of a project out there, and named it "Snake Charmer" V7/8.
My fingers were tired before we even got to the project up the hill.
It's been raining a lot since then. So I'm stuck inside, catching up on work, making sure that I'll be ready if conditions are climbable next week. Soon Wyoming will be a sea of green, and I'll have a lot of time to enjoy it.