So last night we went up to the lake again. It was nice and cool and we all had a grand time. After a quick punt by RV he quickly dispatched the center line on the Dog Walk/Stache Boulder for it's second ascent. Nice work. We went over to Alpine Club and tried that a few times too.
I was feeling pretty good on it, and RV was too, and then something good happened. No I didn't stick the move...I did move my hand just a bit to the right on the sloper. Maybe a millimeter or so, not much. It felt good at first but then on my second to last go I went up and it felt amazing. I stuck the gaston for just a second, felt my left leg barndoor out and for a millisecond I paused at the apex of the swing and thought I was gonna pull it back in. Then something popped off and I was back on the crashpads.
I am so psyched about it. That one little moment brought the light at the end of the tunnel just a bit closer.
I really can't believe that it's doable. 24 days of work boiled down to that one lonely pause and I haven't been this excited in a long time. Progress on a boulder that hasn't ever shown me any signs of hope. Im really excited right now.
On the ferry ride back RV asked us kind of an interesting question though:
What boulder problem FELT the hardest for you?
I don't want to know what your hardest send was. I don't want to know your biggest number. I could care less about that. What I do want to know is when you've had to really pull out the try hard? When have you had to just bear the fuck down and finish something?
We all know the feeling of getting something so dialed in that it feels piss easy. Beautiful Soup felt like that last year. It felt simple when I did it. Kinda like an afterthought almost. The send was already in the bag before I stepped off the pad. Yet when I did Jenga a few weeks earlier it felt really fucking hard! The crux move on that problem always feels brutal for me. Not sure why, but it just does.
Jenga ranks right up there with Moj for me. I had to try really fucking hard to finish up Moj. It was an all or nothing effort and it felt absolutely brutal. The last slap felt so desperate after the iron cross. I was pumped, greasing and in the back of my mind I knew that I'd fallen off of that move from the start 4-5 times already that day. It was a fight and one of my proudest moments.
So what is it? I'm really curious. When you start thinking about it things become really interesting. For RV it was a tie between Anchorpoint and Slope of Dadaism. For Katie it was the crux move on the Eliminator.
I'm really really curious.
5 months ago