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#18897 - 03/27/06 01:56 PM Start of Season
Chas Offline

Registered: 03/22/01
Posts: 1754
Loc: Flagstaff
Just was wondering how the start of most peoples season (rock) is coming along, with people asking about good 8's to start on .......

Myself, was very happy. After a second start (took a break in early March after gastro-intestinal distress in Argentina). Started the day out on a route which I normally get pumped silly on, but this time just cruised it wondering what the issue was. It felt good to start that way. (was sort of funny, on a rest hand hold at 1/3rd height, I disturbed a lizard, who fell on my shoulder, and spent the rest of the route with my "lucky lizard" crawling between my shoulder and my back.)

#18898 - 03/27/06 02:00 PM Re: Start of Season [Re: Chas]
Aya Offline
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Registered: 11/18/04
Posts: 754
Loc: Climbing somewhere
Last weekend, I accomplished all of my goals for the upcoming season (led High E, Arrow, and my first 5.9, WASP), and had a really really really great weekend. This past weekend I didn't fare so well - led the first pitch of Modern Times, disaster following the second pitch, tried to lead Bombs Away Dream Baby and bailed from below the roof, and then thrashed my way up P-38.

What I need to do, I think, is come up with more goals so that I'm really pumped to do them. The vague idea, I think, will be to do more roofs/overhangy things since I should probably work my big weakness, but I need to come up with some specifics...
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#18899 - 03/27/06 02:10 PM Re: Start of Season [Re: Aya]
Chas Offline

Registered: 03/22/01
Posts: 1754
Loc: Flagstaff
Sorrry was in t the wrong forum, will move it to general instead of gear, duh.....

#18900 - 03/27/06 03:45 PM Re: Start of Season [Re: Chas]
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Registered: 08/05/04
Posts: 147
Loc: New Brunswick, NJ

Start of the season is going great for me. I guess it does each year though because Im aways super motivated coming out of winter.

I started out the season by spending 9 days out at Red Rocks, pushing myself in just about every genre of climbing. It was my first time out there and it was a real blast. The fact that the grades are so easy out there also was a nice ego booster.

Last Friday was my first day out at the gunks due to scheduling conflicts. It was great to be at my home crag! I belayed my buddy on some stuff and managed to flash Retribution before the rain came in. Pretty much the most positive way my season could have started.


#18901 - 03/27/06 04:23 PM Re: Start of Season [Re: Aya]
pedestrian Offline

Registered: 08/05/02
Posts: 2244
Loc: a heavily fortified bunker!
I've been out 3 days so far.

1) January sometime, pretty warm weekend. Swung leads up Madame G's, rapped down, took a lead fall on Le Teton and gave the lead to my partner who finished. My problem, I think, was my footwork, but my memory is already fading. We also managed to do Hyjek's, all of Minty in one pitch, and all 3 pitches of Snooky's (where I led the 2nd, crux, pitch--hadn't been on that in 4 years or so. What a nice pitch. PG13 anyone?)

Day 2) was a mellow day a few weeks ago. I led the 3 Doves-->Limelight linkup and Alpine Diversions, both with 2 seconds.

Day 3) was Saturday -- we went to Cathedral ledge--I led the Thin Air crux traverse and ended up almost greasing off of the wet spot, making another move, getting gear, grabbing gear, then relaxing and standing out from the rock more and realizing the stance was a lot better than I thought. That route is a mindf__k.

We also did Pine Tree Eliminate and Turner's Flake. Both are pretty stout climbs. Just hiked to the summit of Mount Washington the next day, as it was too cloudy to ski Tuckermans...


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