Well things are a changing around here. Winter in Squamish is coming to an end, and temps are getting finger licking good. Not only is the wetness of Nov/Dec/Jan behind us, but it’s starting to get dark much later as well, around 6/6:30pm. Before we know it, it’ll be full on bloom town springs ville.
Right now, we’re still getting out, but fewer days than last year, about once or twice per week. This past Sunday was delicious. The friction was so tack, everything felt three grades easier. I took full advantage of this and climbed a beautiful thin crack called “King of Rock” 5.12c/d. Then I pulled out the pads and climbed it again without the rope. Then, after we cleaned up and everyone left, I went back and did it again. Nothing is better than climbing steep quality rock cordless and having it feel easy. I sometimes wish I had the Honnold gene, I’d for sure do it more often, on harder and longer routes, because I know how beautiful that must feel. But I still enjoy my comfort zone, and those moments I have on my own projects are memorable and delightful. My friend Kelly took some pictures from the other day. Just for fun. I wore my new Five Ten Arrowheads on the climb and they worked perfectly. They have quickly become my all around favorite shoe.
Climbing on a TR, learning the moves. The crack has been pinned out years ago, but many of the climbable features if not all, are not pin scars. The wet streak on the left made things more interesting, but not impossible.
4 feet up, first crux.
The old’ hand foot match.
my 6 foot 4 inch friend Kevin stepping in, just in case I botch the last move, which is the hardest of them all.
And another big change is that I bought a new/old van. Something I am both happy and terrified about. A 2008 FORD E-250, it had 19k miles on it, I could not resist. I almost feel like myself again, once I camperize the inside to feel homey, until then, it’s just a big empty steel box. But, oh the possibilities…the road is calling…