Sunday, July 12, 2009

Zulu

Sorry for the lack of updates...there is a LOT going on right now.

Hayley and I have spent most of the past week in Rifle, CO climbing and hanging out.  After our first weekend trip we felt like we had the style a little bit more figured out and we were both more confident, and as most of you know, confidence is key.

On our first trip I had tried Zulu, a classic 5.14a put up by Chris Sharma back in the day.  The bottom of the route is really bouldery with big moves on big holds. The middle section is all endurance climbing which takes you to a little bit of crimpy, techy climbing up high.  At the beginning of last week some of the holds were seeping due to the ridiculous amount of rain that we've been getting, and I couldn't get through the crux on point because of it.

I stayed away from Zulu for a few days and focused on some easier climbs.  My friend Peewee, who I met last year in Maple, was there and he was psyched to give me beta so I could try to flash a few routes.  First up was a route in the Arsenal called the Path 5.13c.  I ended up falling three moves from the chains but ended up doing it next go.  Kind of a bummer but I'm still psyched.  The next day he gave me beta on another 5.13c called Fluff Boy.  This time I managed to do the route first go!  It is definitely a good feeling knowing you can flash a hard route.  It gives me an extra confidence boost for sure...

Our next climbing day was perfect.  We woke up to blue skies and crisp temps in the morning.  After slowly warming up I wanted to try Zulu.  I felt close on my previous attempts but was thwarted by wet holds.  On this attempt I felt terrible in the bottom half of the route...I felt heavy, I was hitting holds wrong, and I was tired.  I arrived at a rest and I was able to relax myself enough to focus on the route and make it to the chains!  Just goes to show you that you still have to try even when you don't feel your best.

Victory Beer for Me!

Right now Hayley and I are making plans for the next few months...big things are gonna happen!  SOOO PSYCHED!  Keep ya posted...


4 comments:

  1. you look like a tiny oompa loompa standing on a table next to a huge water jug! congrats on the send again! you makeing it back to rifle?

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  2. haha i didn't notice that actually...hayley and i are actually planning a long trip there soon...prolly not till august though unfortunately. u gonna be there?

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  3. i'm here in rifle until about the 25th, and then home for a bit before the long stay in logan starting on august 3rd. i think for a while i'll only be able to do weekends, but maybe i'll make it to rifle. sure we'll run into eachother somewhere though...you guys staying in slc?

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  4. yeah we are in the slc area....two more weeks! psyched!

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