Enough talk about poop, triathlons and Jade. On to much more rad stuff now.
Projects seem to go in waves. We saw it last fall with Moj and saw it at dodge a couple years ago with Highly Executed and Battle of the Bulge. All of a sudden interest is high and people go out in droves to try the sick project. It's fun to watch.
Right before I did Moj, Runnells, Tony and Kevin were all EXTREMELY close to sending the rig. Both Kevin and Tony had fallen after the crux move and for Brian it was just coming down to doing it once and he'd do the problem. The whole atmosphere added to the urgency of doing the problem and gave us all a bit more adrenaline than expected. Days like those are fun.
We've still got a bunch of good projects out there right now and it seems that none of them are getting any play. Time to suss em out boys.
Half Dome Project - This one feels a good deal harder than any other project I've played on at the lake. The start can feel kind of awkward though, especially if you're a bit taller. Right Runnells? The first move is tough, but not bad, but the second move felt absolutely brutal to me. It's been almost a year since I've been on it though so I'm interested to try it again. Could be hard. Felt harder than Moj or Beautiful Soup.
Seam Project - While I think the stand start on the boulder is kind of stupid, it's still a really hard move. The left hand start on the sloping rail will be very hard. Personally I'm much more interested in the lower left start.
Jack Backwards - One of the more impressive unclimbed walls at the lake. Sven's guide seems to put the project as the dirty corner but the real gem is the wall itself. Seems like some pretty bad holds lead to a good jug and another possibly hard sequence to reach the lip. Tall and cool looking.
Impossiproject - I wish this one had a perfect "putting green" landing. I just wish. It'd be one of the best lines out there but instead it's kind of a heartbreaker. It'll be an amazing problem when it gets done but the landing definitely takes away a little bit. The arete itself is downright amazing and after looking at it again this spring I've no doubt that it'll get done eventually.
Any other big projects I'm missing out there. We've got 4 relatively prime projects right now. Get after it!
5 months ago