Heat Wave!

16 04 2008
It was quite toasty here in SoCal last weekend – temps jumped up to the 90s without much warning.
Due to my landlords suddenly deciding not to renew the lease with my housemates and I in Pasadena and some frisbee drama leaving my feelings pretty bruised, we decided to take a more relaxing weekend plan. We slept in Saturday morning and Luke went to the gym to set some routes while I stayed home and did a little homework and some apartment searching.

On Sunday, we headed out to Woodson in the morning to get some climbing in before it got unbearably hot. We went to Hard as Nails first to try to boulder the line, which we both previously did clean on TR. Head games were very much in play as it suddenly seemed a lot harder to do the thin moves without a rope. It’s going to take some more work to do this one.

Then we headed to Hear My Train a’Comin, where we set up a TR so Luke could try the whole line, which he sent after a couple false starts! I was glad that he was on toprope and not soloing it (not that he wasn’t awesome, but it’s pretty long!). I didn’t get as far, but I was improving on my beta and getting a move further than I had been getting last time we worked on Train. Luke thinks the moves will just keep getting harder because the fingerjams are on the big side for him.
We finished up by working a little on AIDS Victim on TR, which follows a thin seem with a couple of very necessary crimps to either side. Luke re-worked the beta and sent it clean on TR, while I worked through the first crimpy move (last time I tried I couldn’t even pull on the crimp – this time it felt pretty good, so a good improvement there) and got to the top with a couple of falls. My fingers were suffering from the abuses of Train, so I decided to stop after my one try. I did, however, get an awesome perfect thumbstack in one of the pods. Yay learning stuff in Indian Creek!

Overall, a good session – it’s always fun to go to Woodson to work on hard cracks – each one requires something new and different.

We’ll be leaving tomorrow night for a long weekend in Bishop. We’ll be going with a couple other friends, so hopefully we’ll come back with some sweet photos!

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19 04 2008
Peter Beal

Thanks for putting my blog on your list. I’ll add yours to mine. A beautiful picture of Equinox at JT!

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