Monday, October 24, 2011

More Joe's

Eight days and nearly 50 new boulder problems later I still feel as if I'm just scratching the surface here in Joe's. After an awesome week with the Flagstaff crew it's going to take a little more trickery to rally pads for some of the highball classics. Luckily, there are still a few groups of people here for the long haul and the motivation seems high as the projected forecast shows good temps in the coming week.

Meanwhile we went to check out Playmate of the Year V9 in the Cabin Fever area of the Right Fork. This problem is well worth the hike and I was happy to send second try after nearly flashing. There are a few other worthy problems in the area as well including Electric Fence V7 and Stinky V9 which ends in a wild slap to fine grain slopers at the lip.

The perfect "boob" slopers on Playmate of the Year V9.

Before the Flagstaff crew left we had one last marathon session starting in Dairy Canyon and finishing up with a night session on Scary Monsters V6. Everyone wound up sending something and feeding off each other's energy. It reminded me of a session in Leavenworth with some good friends back in the spring.

Highlights of the day included witnessing one of Flagstaff's top female climbers crush two V9's in a day, a delicious peanut butter and pumpkin butter sandwich, the crazy beta used for Cow Bell V8, and flashing Scary Monsters at dusk, just before it became too dark to see the holds.

With just over a week left it will be exciting to see what we can manage to finish and what projects will have to wait for another trip.


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