Friday, October 21, 2011
Joe's Valley is Beautiful
We've been here for a week now and it's been great. The autumn colors against the brown and black rock make for a perfect setting. Combined with the unique movement and varied angles of the problems and I couldn't think of a better place to spend these last weeks of October.
There's been a lot of flashing, sending, failing, and scoping, but here are a few bouldering related highlights:
Lib made short work of a few classic V5's including Kill By Numbers and Smoothie as well as a near flash of Chips V7 (We'll be back to New Joe's soon for her to finish it off.)
I've been circuiting through the classic V6's and 7's in the area. The most enjoyable so far being Wills of Fire, Dirty Harry, Pocket Rocket, Planet of the Apes, and Bring the Heatwole.
We managed to get some flash footage of Worst Case Scenario V9. It's sloppy, but that's what flashes are, right?
Last night after climbing on the invalid drop-offs of the Big Joe cave I decided to take advantage of the evening temps and try Hydrogenated Oil V11. Though pockets (and certainly monos) are not typically my thing, the climb looked very aesthetic and after trying a couple times I managed to figure out some beta and surprised myself by chucking big and sinking the jug while locked off near my arm pit.
With a couple weeks left I'm not sure what to try. There seems to be an endless amount of quality here so it's tough to sort out which problems to give the most skin to. If anyone reading has suggestions I'd love to hear them.