We got some good photos at the Tor last Saturday, with some rad expressions. Andy’s looking like the Lord of the Forest. Andy on Hell of the Upside Down Sinners (5.12b): Me on the long move at the top of Atreyu (5.13b). I didn’t make it this time: Micah topping out the Tor via… Continue reading faces of death
Category: Owl Tor
back on familiar ground
Last week I finished Hard Boiled, so this week we returned to Owl Tor. I missed her. She’s even better than I remembered. I spent 3 weeks back at Mr. Lee’s, the last 2 never going to the Tor. But things are back to normal now. I went with Andy and Micah. Phil was dealing… Continue reading back on familiar ground
BTL, day 4
Better Than Life felt better than usual Saturday. I’m mildly satisfied with redpoint burns by my fourth day of the season on this route. To tick her before moving on to Hard Boiled would be nice but I fear my window of opportunity at Mr. Lee’s may close if I do not start heading back… Continue reading BTL, day 4
This happened a week and a half ago. I’ve been lazy. da routes: Power of Eating (5.11d) – redpoint Auto Magic (5.12a) – redpoint Better Than Life (5.13c) – 3 takes Better Than Life (5.13c) – 2 takes Chips to Pro Skill variation (5.13a?) – 1 take at the last bolt White Cougar (5.12b) –… Continue reading re-projecting BTL
making wine does not make for good climbing
These photos are from a week ago. I was just too lazy to write about it last week. Elhanan and I “helped” Justin drink some of the grape juice he’s making in to wine before heading over to Owl Tor. Hopefully when this stuff is finished it will taste better than it does now. 6… Continue reading making wine does not make for good climbing
that which does not kill me makes me madder
Owl Tor made me mean. She had to have seen this coming. Probably she knew all along her special kind of relentless derision would make a person mean if it didn’t break them. Which explains why on Saturday, on my second consecutive weekend of uncharacteristically strong performances, I still feel beaten. What else could I… Continue reading that which does not kill me makes me madder
Did a bunch of routes at the Tor this weekend. Two days after my fifth monthly recognition of my graduation from Cottage Hospital’s advanced pneumonia program I had my most productive day at Owl Tor: 8 routes, 8 redpoints. The previous day I re-set my dynamic no-fin apnea record at the UCSB pool: 50 yd,… Continue reading gr8
wish every day could be Saturday?
I don’t. That would mean I throw myself on Tor routes 7 days a week. One day is enough. Especially when it’s a volume day. Last Saturday was such a day. 5 redpoints. 8 laps. da routes Power of Eating (5.11d) – redpoint Auto Magic (5.12a) – redpoint The Natural (5.12c) – redpoint No Skill… Continue reading wish every day could be Saturday?
you don’t have to wonder what the worst route in Santa Maria is
It’s called The Natural. It’s super short, has a super awkward one-move crux, and it sucks. And it shut me down on Saturday. Four times. Micah and Elhanan went to the Tor with me. That made things cool. If not for them, had I been left alone to epically flail on stupid Natural, I would… Continue reading you don’t have to wonder what the worst route in Santa Maria is