Saturday, March 21, 2009

Squamish Tomorrow!

Man have I been lazy lately. My finger is still bothering me, so I haven't been climbing in the gym. With spring break going on the Y where I work out has been swarming with young punks so I've been avoiding the gym.

So instead I've been hanging at home watching March Madness. NCAA is showing all the games for free on the internet. This is the best basketball period; close games, exciting finishes, underdogs, and upsets.

That being said it's super windy right now and it looks like it's going to nice tomorrow. I'm heading to Squamish tomorrow.

I earlier talked about a new goal. Well I'm calling it the V7 project. 30 V7's in 30 climbing days.

Here's a list I came up with thinking about possible 7's.

  • 1) Fuzz
  • 2) Air Tight Garage
  • 3) Stinger direct
  • 4) Inubuis
  • 5) Be On Four
  • 6) Black Slabath
  • 7) Crank Shaft
  • 8) Fixing the Car
  • 9) ATD
  • 10) El Camino
  • 11) Immunity Challenge
  • 12) Quick Stick
  • 13) Stand up to Sit down to Holm Boy
  • 14) Square Cut Low
  • 15) Mindbender
  • 16) King Swing
  • 17) Hummer Traverse
  • 18) Sonnies Problem
  • 19) Golden Boy
  • 20) Masterplan
  • 21) This Monkey
  • 22) Buff
  • 23) Coffee Girl
  • 24) First Nation Giver
  • 25) Sticky Fingers
  • 26) Breakfast At Tiffany's
  • 27) Bubbaharridus
  • 28) Corrupted
  • 29) Shield
  • 30) Masturbator
  • 31) Worm World
  • 32) First Nation Giver
  • 33) Sniper
  • 34) Five Stitches
  • 35) Squealing Pork
  • 36) Dynamite
  • 37) Humming Bird
  • 38) House of Parliament
  • 39) Ladies Man
  • 40) Angry Elf
  • 41) Green Traverse
  • 42) Rockefeller Roof (broken)
  • 43) Trent's Problem past Ride the lightning
  • 44) Animal Magnesium
  • 45) Last Man Standing
  • 46) White Trash
  • 47) Red Sea into Isrealya
  • 48) Ray-men Raw
  • 49) Traverse on the left side of the Ol' Gite boulder
It's going to be tough doing 30 I know there' s a few problems on the this list. However a lot of these are a little suspect.

See you guys tomorrow!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

New Project.

What's up gang?

I climbed yesterday in Squamish with Mike, Tyson, Jay, Dan and Georg. Judging by the guys I climbed with yesterday you can imagine that it was a tough day for your dear writer. I warmed up then watched Georg and Dan try "Harry met Sally" which forced my inner Spray whore out in full force.

I think the guys got tired of me suggesting beta and made demands for me to put up or shut up.
So I strapped on my shoes and gave my flash attempt to it...

Half a millisecond later I was back on the pad quite pleased with my first attempt. My butt had lifted off the ground.

Second try I touched the first hold before crashing back to earth again.

Third try... Success!

Ya right! As if. And monkeys flew out of my butt dragging me to the top.

This day was going to be a struggle. All the plans for the day involved v11's 12's or open projects. In other words things I'll be lucky to do moments before the moon crashes into the earth changing earths gravity to make me feel light as a feather.

Next up Agoraphobia V11 with soul crushing crimps. My left middle finger, already dealing with a pulley tear, wasn't looking forward to those holds. We met up with Tyson and Jay over warming up on "Boat"(Squamish Classic). Tyson was jazzed to do "Agoraphobia" . So we set down the pads and got to work. Georg almost flashed it but was spit off by bad beta shouted from the peanut gallery.

I was quiet I swear... Or at least I didn't yell for him to hike his foot so high. I was yelling hand beta at that point. So not my fault.

Tyson jumped on next and cruised to the top with little drama and smooth style.

Jay next with a little more grunt but also in easy fashion.

Dan was super close. One more day and he'll send for sure. Georg sabotaged by faulty beta never really tired hard after that and was happy to watch me pull on and fall off over and over.

Though I consider it a personal send being able to hang on all the holds within reach of the ground.

Mike, also making a come back from a finger injury, was close.

Next up was an open project near "Fun Factory". Sort of a way harder left hand version of "This Monkey's Gone to Heaven". A couple hard pulls to a good in-cut side pull. Then a huge lunge to a small crimp five feet away. Tyson, Jay, Dan, Mike and Georg all crushed the opening moves to the throw position.

I was a close sixth with pulling on and touching the first hold.

Georg using his superior wing span and freakish strength got close to grabbing the crimp before raking off a couple of times. The rest weren't far behind when compared to me.

We headed to the problem past "Worm World Cave" the cave put up by Trent Hoover's friend.

Problem needs a name.

I tried this a couple of weeks ago with Tyson and Georg. The first move seemed to be the crux and each of us were having trouble sticking the first move.

However the next time we came back Tyson and Georg both stuck the move first go. What the hell? I'm still in the same crappy can't go anywhere but a circle boat. Georg quickly got to the lip before jumping down claiming the top was too wet. Tyson worked it a couple more tries before getting to the lip and deciding that it wasn't and he was going to turn it regardless of the swamp like conditions. Jay sent a couple tries after that. Georg in the middle of all this decided that the low start wasn't hard enough and ripped the starting crimp off the wall with his massive hands. I mean why do a v14 when you can make it V15.

Dan and Mike had called it a day with Mike taking photos and Dan heckling Georg for good measure.

I spent the remaining time trying to break my hip by falling in the worst possible place.

Needless to say fun day but I don't think I did a single move on any of the problems all day.

Look out for my new list. I'm going to set a project that I can do or at least get some climbing in trying.