One month to go until Pat and I climb Mt. Rainier. I'm confident when I say I'm ready. But it's weird I haven't spent a day in the gym (outside of the climbing gym). It's great!! So far Training has been jogging with Runergy, and Joanne. Average... 10-12 miles a week (on a good week). Climbing indoors at Boulderdash (I'm sending 11.b's now. Technically but not consistently, Honestly... I've only done one, but whatever). And full pack hiking... which I'll probably be getting to more this last month.
Other fun things...
MAMMOTH over memorial day weekend!! Holy smokes was that place bad ass. We snowboarded every morning, and climbed every afternoon, and ate and drank every night.
DAY 1: GEOPHYSICS WALL, Mammoth, CA
35 V-easy's V-0's and V1's. It was spectacular. Joanne, Alicia, Jeramey and I got through 17 of them... kinda. There were a few sketchy top outs, but we all got through every crux. Except for #6. Damn 6. I'm not 100% positive weather my ass even got off the ground. But it's OK, Bouldering isn't my forte, though it will be a goal to get better at it over the few months after Rainier. We'll see. Right now I'm probably a strong V0 climber... Ha.
Day 2: LOOKOUT WALL, Bumble-#$%*, CA
So this little excursion didn't start on the right foot, but certainly ended with some strong climbing. Getting to the wall was a monster pain in the ass. For those of you who use Mountain Project, and find yourself in mammoth wanting to climb. Buy a guidebook... otherwise you'll end up like us... lost in the desert.
Once we got our barrings straight we caught up with a Mercedes Benz full of chumpy climbers who happened to be going to the same area. Cool and Totally uncool at the same time... Since when has the climbing community become a bunch of snobby old dudes? Moving on... 4 STOUT routes... (5.9 sended by Jo, 10.a sended by me, 10.b Tiff conquered, and 10.d attempted by me, thnak god for rescue beiners) . Picture is me on the 10.a.
Day 3: Movie Wall in the Corridor, Alabama Hills, CA
By day 3 we were all very very tired. But we weren't going to miss out on Alabama hills. It's on the way back, and we're die-hard climbers, right? Right!! So we hit up some seriously scary sport routes. 10a lead by me, 10b lead by me, 5.9 lead by Tiff, 5.7 lead by Jo. And we all failed to send a 10.c you can see Jo trying in the picture. What bunch of BS... Another hour there with some more energy and I think we would have got it. But we were pressed for time. and only had 30 minutes to pack up gear and get to the restaurant for some Buffalo burgers. (PS for those who went to climb Whitney with me... Same place we ate across the street from the Hostel. Best burgers in town!! (in a town of 4 eateries).
Hahaha... Anyway, the drive back was fun. I drank two beers while we ate, and put the rest of my"party" vodka in a cup of coffee I hadn't finished earlier that day. The rest was car napping!!
1. I've decided that Alicia's guidebook is half mine.
2. I'm eventually going to swim across convict lake.
3. I really really really really love hot tubs.
4. I'm balding... I'm OK with that... and gosh darn it, it looks good.
5. Tiff is a good climber.
6. Joanne and I have a Love/Hate relationship. She's an organic nut-job!