Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lately Happenings and Arkansas Vid

Not much has been happening the last few weeks.  Since my return from Arkansas I've been climbing in the gym and heading out to some local spots when I have a break from school.

One thing I've noticed lately is that its hard climbing in the same areas after you've done the climbs that fit you well...all that's left are climbs that are really hard for you or climbs that just aren't that appealing.  I've been trying to stay psyched but its difficult to do when you get your ass kicked everyday you go out.

I've been trying the uber classic Biggie Shorty Extension Reverse Traverse a.k.a. BERT for the last few LRC sessions.   Its climbs exactly how it sounds.  Start on Biggie Shorty and climb left into where the extension starts.  It might not be a proud, independent line but it is actually really fun and it climbs  well.

BERT V11 - Hayley Watts photo

BERT V11 - Hayley Watts photo

Today I decided to switch it up and head to Cumberland, which is an area I hadn't had the chance to visit before.  I was super psyched to try a few of Chattanooga's classic roof problems that are located out there.  Temps were in the low 60's so it wasn't the best climbing weather, but it was really nice to not freeze while resting.  I had a pretty productive day and ended up completing Gross's Roof V11, Big Gulp V10, Slurpee V9, and Seven Eleven V9 before the day was over.  I felt like I was in a slump for a while there so I'm hoping that this means I've made my way out of it.

Below is a video I threw together of our trip to Arkansas a few weeks ago as well as some photos from the last few days.  Enjoy!

Cold in Arkansas from Brad Weaver on Vimeo.

Nate Draughn on Innovation V9

Nate on Innovation V9

Nate on Dragon Slayer V12

Rami Annab on Dragon Slayer V12

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Brian Antheunisse - Nagual V13

While I was in Hueco I had the opportunity to climb with Texas native Brian Antheunisse.  Not only is he one of the nicest, most down to earth people I've met, he's also super motivated and gives it his all 100% of the time.  I was lucky enough to have the camera rolling on some of his attempts on Nagual V13 and was able to get his send go on film.  Check it out...

Nagual V13 from Brad Weaver on Vimeo.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

AR Trip

Well, winter break is over and the spring semester has started. I had a great break from school and decided to finish it right with a little trip to Arkansas last week. Nate Draughn, Rami, Jimmy, and I left for our 8 day trip last Saturday. The beginning of the week was FREEZING. Highs in the lower 20s made for slow mornings and climbing required a small fire in order to keep warm.

Nate on Chunk - Rami Annab Photo

My main goal for the trip was Chunk up the Deuce V12 and after a few days of work Nate and I were able to piece it together. Super psyched to have this one is the epitome of what a hard problem represents to me and the fact that it is not in my style made it even more fulfilling to complete. Other than that I was able to do a few classics in the area including Buddy V10 flash, Kneeling Before Power V10, Tang V10, Typhoon V10, 52 to 1 Cardeck V9, Moondye V9, Fat Boy Deluxe V8, and Orbital Mechanics V8.

I have a little bit of video from the trip that I haven't had a chance to mess with but as soon as I get to it I'll be sure to post it.   Until then, here's a video Jimmy put together of our 8 day stay in Arkansas...

8 days in the AR from Jimmy Webb on Vimeo.

I'm hoping to make it back to AR sometime in February as well! Unfinished boulders to complete before it gets warm again!