Monday, September 28, 2009

Honeymoon(point5): Day 6

Katie, surprised and happy that the copious amounts of tape and Krazy glue actually held.

The night that we arrived back in the Taylors Falls area Katie made one final attempt at mending her finger enough to actually climb. She brought out all the stops after 3 full rest days and she hit a bit of luck!

We woke up the next morning and her finger was in the best shape I'd seen it in all week.  A quick 5 minute drive brought us to the Cave Boulder.  I warmed up on the jugs to the left and went through each move on the traverse and did them with ease. I felt strong and motivated and thought that it'd go quickly.

I rested about 20 minutes after each try to make sure I didn't get overly pumped and each go felt a little better than the previous one.  I hate resting that much but it seemed to work well.

After about 3-4 attempts I made my way past the sloper and into the first good crimp.

I thought to myself, "DONE!" and tried to slide my toe hook into place but couldn't seem to find the bomber hook that I'd found every other time I tried that move. I just scummed it somewhere and as I went for the next good crimp it slid out and off I came. I just couldn't hold the barn door.

I was PISSED! I honestly don't think I've ever fallen off of that move, even going back to my first day on it this past spring. I could not believe that I'd fallen there! On that move! What the hell?!?

I seem to be all about the punting lately. I hope to change that very soon.

Oh well. I took off my shoes and picked up my camera to finish off the day as my skin was done.

Katie moving into the sharp pocket.

After the match...

And again...

Katie put in some good work to figure out the midsection of the problem and is set to come back and get the rest of it fairly quickly.

We'd both lost plenty of skin so we started the drive home. Trips are always bittersweet but I was glad that this one wasn't over too quickly. As I type this I keep looking down at my ring and smiling uncontrollably.

Could. Not. Be. Happier.


  1. bummer dude! it sounds like you were realllllly close on that thing. its a frusterating little bugger for sure.

  2. Ahh, it was so close!! Cannot believe I fell on that move out of everything!! gives me a good reason to go back though. Such a cool problem.