Well it has only been a day or two maybe since my last entry, but the pics are fun as hell and I promised a few people I would update regularly! Aaaand since it's so hot right now, I'll take the time to post them.
The other day we went on a huge mission to find a different platue, it was about a 45 minute hike, the idea was to meet up in the morning with three or four friends and go, 6AM. Well, as it turned out, about 15 people showed up in the dark. We all crossed the river in our gich gonch and hiked like an army into the streets of Hampi and up into the boulders. The same boulder I had my slight encounter with, but this time, there were more of us than them, ha ha. No worries. The place was rad, had some beautiful climbs for sure, some mega classics. Here are pics of the hike, andsince I really don't feel like writing too much, I'll just use eye candy to tell my stories.
The Big Walk, Peter leading the way…
I have never seen so many climbers on one trail before, we were a force.
This is one of the FA we did, pretty sure anyway. I am sporting my new "made in Hampi" climbing pants, the best design I 've ever come across, light weight, baggy, but not too baggy, a boulderers dream come true. Hard pinch start, bad feet, pull to a good crimp and mantle the slab, blah blah, but hey, check out that hair I got, say it with me…KRAMER!
Another beautiful line. This boulder was nothing like we've seen here before, polished, glassy, like Castle Hill would be I'd imagine. Super classic. Not too hard, a campus start, smooth slopers and then runnel pinching and squeezing into ankle threatening territory. This is my German friend named Beorn. Strong dude, good head and funny as hell
Our friend the Baba, here down by the river, he tells us stories and teaches me how to roll a cigarette, or something like that anyway, I can't remember… but nice guy anyway. Nice guy. A Simple man.
These two cats were the happiest friendliest bunch of Indians I have met yet, they kept asking me to take their picture and the very second I raised the camera, they would stop smiling. I said "smile" a few times, but this is all I got out of them, they own the…drum roll please – yep you guessed it, the ice cream store here in Hampi. The call it "FULL POWER FOOD" ice cream, here, you sit, you eat, you climb strong tomorrow, full power. ha. ha ha. So serious.
I am off to get some more of my favorite climbing pants made, maybe in green or brown, you know, earth tones.
LOVE AND PEACE.