Some of you may recall that I climbed the first pitch of Super Slab on Smith Rock State Park's Red Wall in March 2008. Well, on Sunday I returned to this route and lead all three pitches. Thankfully it did not hale on me this time. Near the top of the third pitch I was able to place my trusty pink Tricam in a little pocket hole, giving me the confidence to make the final effort to complete the route.
On Saturday our coordinator Ryan Christie took us up the Sky Chimney route. Here I lead the first pitch, while Ryan led the final two as they were too difficult for me to lead. This was the day that I realized that I climbed more confidently along cracks, as opposed to climb up just the face of the rock. Sky Chimney has a long double rope rappel, a portion of which is overhung. That had me rappelling though the air, slowly spinning in circles. Here is how it started out...
When I returned home I discovered that I was not the only one climbing. One of my green bean vines had started to climbing up the trellis in my garden.
Good for you, although those pictures reminded me very quickly why people afraid of heights (like myself) should not be climbing!
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