I joined some hard sport climbers for a great trip filled crazy hard, tufa style climbing! My friend Patrick documented the trip and took a short interview of my goals for this trip. At first I protested but now I am glad I let him do it; I think it helps define my goals overall with this hard powerful style of climbing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGOCT8hH ... r_embedded
Both days Patrick pushed us hard with the approach into this area, It's a kick your butt type of approach that is such a great way to start the day!
I ALWAYS love watching and belaying really strong climbers and this area completely supports it. It is so interesting to watch their calm graceful demeanor as they seem to flow on the rock, they make it look effortless and beautiful. Long colorful stalactites decorate this area and make for a completely new style of climbing for me.
Again, I used the "party tent" and the 3 from my crew bunked together. We had a great time with a good sized group of climbers around an awesome bonfire. I admit I was out of my league but I managed to finish everything I tried and even TR'd my 1st 12a. I also took a lot of time to observe these guys gracefully move on the rock. Soon, I hope I will be leading these hard climbs with the same grace and finesse.
I am so bruised and beat up and my fingers are pink and fleshy but I feel great! what an amazing trip! It's good to REALLY kick your butt every now and again.