Friday was a pretty mellow day and we messed around in the cave a bit. Katie quickly repeated the center line on the Pharoah boulder and then RV flashed both the center and the left. At first he ridiculed me for my awesome 'campus smearing' method but soon he understood.
RV on Pharoah Right
Katie and Sofie started working cave center to cave left and Katie quickly dispatched that one.
Katie repeating Pharoah Center
I figured out all the moves on the cave traverse once more but my motivation was never there this past weekend. I made a few good links but never anything substantial. As always it feels like piss in two parts but impossible when all put together.
We got a pretty serious rainstorm Saturday morning and then were quickly mobbed by some big fucking mosquitos. They actually picked up and moved RV's Jetta. No joke.
After a sub par meal at Nacho Mama's in Stillwater we went back to the potholes and screwed around on some really fun moderates with polished everything. Really cool features and lots of jackassery from yours truly made for a fun afternoon. Later on that day we went back to the cave so Sofie could finish up the center line which she promptly did. RV put on his boots but Katie and I just sat around killing bugs until they packed up.
Sunday was definitely the most eventful day as far as climbing goes. Everything started out at the Cave. I had a few really good efforts on the traverse but it just wasn't coming together. RV on the other hand was looking stronger than ever on it and then one time he hopped on, cruised through the drop move and bumped up to the good left hand edge.
Done. In the bag. Crushing it.
Then I remembered who I was dealing with. I turned around to get some glory shots on the finish jugs and all I heard between screams of encouragement was a grunt and then the flutter of moving pads as the punt fairies came to town.
We packed the bags and went over to the potholes and screwed around by slicksides. It was toasty over there and the sun was just baking on the dark rock. RV quickly did the prow problem and I quickly punted on it over and over. Motivation was not high. We all messed around on a random traverse and then booked it over to the Wisconsin side once more to play on Mike's.
A couple things here.
1 - That is a fucking hard V7.
2 - RV and I were apparently starting one move before the actual problem started. Awesome.
I was finally able to figure out some decent beta by going up right hand into the first seam off of the giant undercling. RV couldn't quite get it to work though and eventually just helped me figure out the upper moves. Sadly my skin couldn't quite make it and before I could really put any serious effort into finishing it I had to give up.
That said, after two work days it feels doable. But balls hard for a 7. I do love the Midwest.
Sorry RV. I had to. Click this one for a laugh.
Now to the important stuff.
Cake and booze. We went to the grocery store and got a birthday cake. Then we went to the liquor store and got some "viskey" and brandy.
Sofie quickly and quietly polished off half of Brandy. Solo. Proud.
The next day we stopped in Minneapolis to see Josh at Organic. RV and Sofie hadn't met Josh and it's always nice seeing him. As always he's got some cool things going on there and on top of everything I got to oogle his new plastic. His homewall in PA is gonna be sick! Katie got to play with Barndog a little bit and it was a nice end to the trip.
Every time I hang out with Josh I find more reasons to support his business and this time was no different. I'm always surprised at how often his designs are blatantly copied and sold as original ideas. It's bullshit really. As a bonus he's one of the few dudes out there that's coming up with new and cool ideas. So that's something, right?
Anyways. Buy Organic. Lots of it. Buy Five Ten. Buy Mountain Hardwear. Buy Nicros. Buy Pusher/Revolution. More on all that soon though.
The weather is turning and Katie and I are getting psyched about a lot of different trips and it's time to train again. I ran 3.6 miles today and it sucked. Fucking blew. I feel good now though. That's what matters.
Here are some more pics for ya.
Katie on the Cave Traverse
Sofie on Cave Center to Cave Left
Sofie on Pharoah Center
Sofie roasting cinnamon rolls in the AM.
I gotta have one of these in every post, right?
Sofie's Senior Picture.
Katie getting rid of the mosquitos.