I went back this weekend with Alex & Vincent. We attacked some great lines on Saturday:
~Middle Parallels Space - a fun 5.9 with a crux down low and a 5.7 chimney with a hand-to-offwidth crack for protection. The anchors are placed in an odd spot on a pillar, thought.
~Friday the 13th - Alex sent this 5.10a (heavily sandbagged) with much more ease than on my first lead. The greasy top of the crack pumps you out. Vincent worked on the second pitch, a short but powerful 5.11a out a roof.
~Hesitation Blues - A pretty stout 1st pitch of 5.11b. The second pitch looks so inviting, but the continued rating of 11b and our current state of being worked caused us to hesitate, then have the blues.
-Mother #1 - According to Alex, "The world's hardest 5.7". I would have to agree. An offwidth that is a struggle all of the way up.
|Alex figures out the gear on Middle Parallels Space|
|Vincent turned my camera on me giving Friday the 13th a send attempt.|
|Using my head for balance|
|Someone built this cairn in a cairn near our campsite|
~Cat's Cradle - 5.8+ A very hard 5.8. The start is a chimney to an offwidth. Traverse a ledge to a very awkward and hard move off a ledge, into a handcrack that varies from perfect hands to off-fists (too big for fists - very hard size for me)
~Hassler's Hatbox - 5.6/7 A very fun moderate with some kick. I was happy to have a 4 and a 5 camalot for the bottom, but the top section takes finger size gear. Do this route! My personal opinion on the rating, 5.8/8+
~The Best of the Blues - 5.10 that sits below the iconic Lucille (5.12d - which looks heinous). The first slab move is unprotected, but you get into a fun moderate chimney and handcrack up to a roof. The roof goes from cupped hands to off-fists and is very difficult to pull the bulge as a pure crack climb. Get your sport climbing skills on and lie-back and crimp up the bulge, and then sit on the duck.
|Alex works his way up the start of Cat's Cradle|
|Just after the crux of Cat's Cradle, Alex looking for gear. The views from Hassler's Hatbox were incredible!|
|Vincent took this photo of me figuring out the crux. I think I tried every combination of orientations before one finally got me off the ledge.|
|Vincent finally get's a piece in on a hard slab move start to Best of the Blues, a bit of a one move wonder 5.10.|
|Vincent kisses the duck|
|Vincent belays Alex up through the crux of Best of the Blues|
|The view from Hassler's Hatbox.|
As always, the Voo did not disapoint, and we had a great trip. Ripped some clothes. Shed some blood. And left sore in places we did not know could be sore. Till next time.