like Disney Land for climbers

The Tor gained a new fan today. Nicholas, whom I had not met before, was way psyched on the routes at Owl Tor. And I was way psyched to see him psyched. One of us, one of us, one of us… 
I am actually declaring Nicholas today’s Lord of the Forest for his rad comment, that almost sneaked past my attention through his Chilean accent, upon first experiencing the cliff, “this is like Disney Land for climbers”. My thought exactly. Everyone seemed psyched in fact. Andy cranked, especially considering he’s not been spreading his love at the Tor for a couple months, redpointing The Sea most impressively. Justin continued his trend of virtually doubling in strength upon every visit, working things out once again on Power.

my routine

  • Power of Eating (5.11d) – redpoint
  • When the Sea Doesn’t Want You (5.12a) – redpoint
  • No Skill (5.12c) – 1 fall at the long crimp after the Chips jugs
    • I don’t want to talk about it.
  • Better Than Chips (5.12d) – grabbed the draw at the last clip on Better Than Life
    • Felt good, made the long move out to the jug on BTL. Put the draw on the last hanger but could not will myself to pull up rope for that clip. That’s not an inspiring fall. And I’m a wuss.
  • Hell of the Upside Down Sinners (5.12b) – fell after the last clip
  • Anchor Punch (5.12a) – 1 fall at the crux pinch
  • Anchor Punch (5.12a) – 1 fall at the crux pinch

I would like to see more redpoints out of me. Note to self: 1-falls are not redpoints. Not even close.
It was 90 degrees today, approaching oppressive. Micah, Justin, Nicholas, Nicholas’s wife Cota and me comprised the posse.

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