2008 was a great year. I climbed in a bunch of new areas and gained a lot of endurance that allowed me to complete some of my previous goals. I didn’t get out to try any 5.12 multipitches but in retrospect I doubt I would have been ready. I was able to redpoint some hard routes at the sacrifice of onsighting. The biggest thing I learned in 2008 was the power of projecting. Spending multiple days on a route is very effective even though it really tests ones mental resolve. Being faced with constant failure is tough but the reward at the end of the journey is sweet. Doing any of the following climbs would be great and I am excited for all of the challenges of 2009!
Swedin Ringle 12-
Way Rambo 12-
Digital Readout 12
I tried all of these routes on our trip to IC last year. I was able to do all of them clean on top rope and now have to get back and lead them. Hopefully I can stay fit until March when we plan on going back to the creek.
Looking up at Swedin Ringle
Chain Reaction 12c
Heinous Cling 12c
Darkness at Noon 13a
Churning in the Wake 13a
Monkey Space 11b
Growing up in Washington Lizzy and I have been to Smith quite a few times. Having broken into many grades at Smith I am excited to return and push my limits once again. It will be nice to finally climb some 5.12′s and try out some of the harder lines.
Acid Crack 5.12d
I have written a lot about Equinox and how it has changed over the last two years. Before we leave SoCal (possibly in September 09) , I hope to lead Equinox placing all the gear. After seeing the a photo of HB, a super strong and friendly Aussie, I knew I wanted to try Acid Crack (The photo has recently been removed from mountain project… I’d love to find it!) Perhaps it will be the next step from Equinox!
John Bachar on the first lead of Acid Crack
(Photo by Randy Vogel, Linked from Supertopo Thread)
Tahquitz and Sucide Rocks:
The Flakes 11c
Even though Idyllwild is so close we didn’t spend much time climbing there in 2008. I would like to spend a few more weekends and do a few more of the classic multipitches as well as The Pirate, seen below. This super thin climb involves more crimping and smearing ability than crack technique. Lizzy and I tried it once and found it to be quite fun. The first 40 feet are the crux and then it easies as you approch the top.
I feel that the best way to stay strong for trad climbing is with a heavy regiment of bolt clipping. 2008 was full of trips to the Quarry as I learned to be come a Quarry master. This area, while far from picturesque, has numerous hard routes and is quite close to both LA and San Diego. In addition to incidental trips to the Quarry, I would like to spend a bit of time clipping bolts in Red Rock. After trying The Gift this past weekend, I couldn’t stop thinking about Bachar soloing the route. WOW! Hopefully I can get strong at the Quarry and then go back to Red Rocks for a redpoint.
Bachar soloing The Gift
Morning Dove White V8
The Hulk V6
Every Color You Are V6
Mr. Witty V6
Lizzy and I don’t tend to go bouldering very often. However we have many friends that boulder and they give ample motivation to get out to Bishop. With an upcoming trip to Joe’s Valley and a mild winter in Bishop I feel that I may have a chance to climb some of the routes listed above.
Climb at least one of the following:
Original Route on Rainbow Wall – Red Rocks – 12 pitches – 12b
Romantic Warrior – Needles – 8 Pitches – 12b
Moonlight Buttress – Zion – 10 Pitches – 12d
So many things need to fall into place to climb a long route at your limit. One needs the right weather, proper rest, a motivated partner and enough juice to last the whole day. This year I upped the ante a bit with 5.11 trad multipitch onsights. While I know the above routes are beyond my limit, I am willing to just try and not worry about onsighting them.
2009 is bound to be a year of change. Hopefully I can stay uninjured and continue learning how to climb better both mentally and physically.
Images courtesy of MountainProject.com and Climbing.com
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