Archive for March, 2012

Underworld Roof

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Yesterday, I scrambled downward from the BAW’s Amphitheatre to see if there was any route potential on the Underworld Cliff. What I found there caused quite a stir:

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Hang Time!

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Saturday’s heavy sky betrayed the imminent return of March, but by sunrise the wheels of a plan were already in motion: Jamie, Tom, & I met at the Black Arches Wall to take a shot at Jamie’s long-time project, Hang Time. It wouldn’t be easy. Jamie had spent days working out the crux moves, hours sequencing the numerous 5.10 sections, and another slew of days discussing, discovering, and deciphering the finishing sequence.

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Sandbagged and Smiling

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Tom and I dragged Bruce out to the Amphitheatre yesterday, with deceit in our hearts and treachery on our tongues. “There’s a great 5.7+ out here, you gotta lead it!” I told him.

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We didn’t mention the rating for Broken Broom is on the order of “plus three”, at 5.10a. With two cruxes. It wasn’t always pretty, but he ponied up and got’er done. And didn’t punch me out afterward. He was in fact, still smiling. A bit tired, but not enough to stop him from top-roping three more 5.10s, Pinch an Inch, Black Arch Arête, and Pinnacle Overlook, before rain shut us down. Nice going, Bruce!

Opening Day on Crane

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Yeah, I’ve been out rockclimbing for awhile, several places as well as here on Crane Mountain. But Saturday’s predicted weather brought the first collective climbing trip of the 2012 season here, making it official.

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The crowd at the Measles Wall, early in the morning.

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Not So Negative After All?

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Hadn’t realized that I took a picture of the ice across from Kibby Pond with my telephoto lens, but hadn’t uploaded it to my computer. That was back when I wrote This Post on my exploration. When I finally put them on my computer, I inadvertently stuck it in the wrong folder. So I finally took a close look at the photo:

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This photo links to a larger version, btw.

Maybe that hike wasn’t a complete loss, after all.