Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Slice N Dice
A rare thing happened while topping out Slice N Dice this morning: complete focus. The crux of this line (up the center north (shaded) face of the boulder, just to the left of the long white streak) is low, however the top out includes high steps and long reaches that demand full attention and commitment.
While looking down for a foot on the send go I realized that I was topping out over completely exposed ground, but instead of downclimbing I took a deep breath and was surprised to find my body at ease, honing in on just my foot and hand placement, trusting the rock.
Once on the top however the reality of the situation settled in and I felt heavy breath in my chest, and a jittery feeling in my arms.
Upon safely returning to solid ground I looked up and couldn't believe what had just happened. I had never seen anyone top this boulder out, and went into the upper moves blindly. Luckily it worked out.
This is far and away the tallest boulder I have climbed alone. Though I don't see myself pushing much further than I did today, I see the appeal and satisfaction such efforts, and respect those who seek them out.