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03

Jul

Meh

Clearly haven’t been too motivated to blog. Haven’t been up to much, graduated, moved back to CO, got a job. Heat here is unbearable presently, hoping to just outlast it, then climbing will commence in earnest again.

15

Feb

Well, I had a nice post about my trip to Arkansas almost finished, but never got around to posting it. I’m a month into my final semester of school, and am EXTREMELY excited to be done and move back to Colorado.  Climbing-wise, I’ve been putting the finishing touches on my Flagstaff ticklist, finishing off most of the climbs that I wanted to do while I was here for college. Notably, putting together the rest of the classic Mars Roof climbs, in relatively short order. I’m quite proud of what I’ve managed to do on that roof, and my next goal is to do all four in a day, thus attaining the coveted “Quadruple Crown”. Pulling off a quick send of The Egyptian (aka Action Deluxe) was also a highlight thus far.  There are only a few problems remaining that I’m really motivated to do, and they are: The Pasty Gangster, Cosmic Tricycle, Chandler Dub Allstars (aka PhxSux#1), and BVB Roof/The Sparkle Jockey. Otherwise, a possible trip to Red Rocks, and spring break in Joe’s Valley loom on the horizon, both of which promise fantastic climbing.

11

Dec

Apparently the season here in Flagstaff ended weeks ago.  Well, I disagree.

01

Dec

Moe’s Valley

Cooper, Elmo, and myself went up to St. George over Thanksgiving weekend.  Specifically, our time was spent in Moe’s Valley, a small, local bouldering area.  Despite the obvious issues with the area, which include excessive amounts of chipping and gluing, the climbing is fun, the rock is friendly, and when the stone is good, its REALLY good.  

Thanksgiving dinner consisted of a desperate attempt to include some of the usual staples, as long as they could be cooked on a camp stove.  A late night run to the Walmart in Hurricane ended up with us getting some instant stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, Au Gratin, and a pecan pie (out of pumpkin pie FAIL walmart!).  The mashed potatoes and stuffing ended up in burritos, which turned out to be surprisingly good.  The pie was acceptable.  Elmo decided he wanted pizza, and managed to obtain one from Little Caesar’s, despite it being closed.

Climbing-wise, it was a mostly successful trip.  Cooper worked his way through the more classic moderates, with fast ascents of both Lindner Roof, The Swan, Device Ignitor Right, and several other roofs.  

Elmo onsighted a rad refrigerator bloc, and would have pulled off a flash of a sick roof, but DABBED. SO INVALID.  However, he did all the moves on his primary project, Show of Hands, in a quick session.

 

 I put together both Gription and Dead Rabbit very quickly, climbing each in just a few goes from the bottom.  Gription has a reputation as being the single best boulder in Moe’s, with very high quality rock.  This is well deserved, as it’s a nearly perfect line.  Obvious start, interesting, complex movements, to a slightly heady topout over a flat landing.  I pulled off a couple repeats of Show of Hands, which was interesting simply to see the progress I’ve made since this time last year.

Video will be posted separately…

09

Nov

Matt on the Spider Pocket project.  

After dispatching Choss Roof in a stunning display of roof-climbing mastery (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moGMbjHbQx0&feature=player_embedded), Matt set to work on the Spider Pocket.  He came very close to sticking the crux move, a full extension throw off of a jug undercling to a small 2 finger pocket.

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Oct

14

Oct

Snowbowl Sunset

Snowbowl Sunset

10

Oct

Sunset

Sunset

07

Oct

Priest Draw - 45°F - 10/7/11

Priest Draw - 45°F - 10/7/11

03

Sep

Flagtown

Been back in Flag for about a week now, climbing with the usual suspects.  Its hot here, and doesn’t appear to be getting any cooler anytime soon.  So night sessions are the name of the game until the temps drop about 20 degrees…  I went out to BVB Roof last Sunday, and Priest Draw on Thursday.  Tyler cruised his project, “Our God is Neither” with what is becoming his characteristic ease.  Friday we returned to the Draw, and went to work on Black Hole, one of the only crimp lines in the area.  I dispatched the line after a few attempts, while Tyler worked out all but the first move.  Its nice to find some success, after a pretty dismal Summer of flailing on virtually every climb I got on.