My first order of the day was to begin modernizing and replacing the anchors on top of Swiss Cheese (5.8). These anchors have looked sketchy for at least eight years, and probably longer. I was psyched because I got try out my new, compact-rotary-hammer-drill. It works great, although the cheap, $2 drill bits I was using were only good for about three-quarters of a hole - lesson learned. Because I was running low on drill bits, I only placed one new bolt, and I actually like the current layout, but want to go back, yank the old bolt (going to need a bigger wrench!), patch the resulting hole, replace some of the existing hardware, and camouflage the whole rig. One step at a time I guess.
|Crag Improvement - photo by Justin Meyer
While I was doing the anchor work on Swiss Cheese, Justin set a top rope for Zig-zag Crack (5.10a). So he took a burn on that next. Then I took a failed swing at Generation Gap while Matthew and Brittany took a run on Sunset Ascent (5.10a). Next for Matthew and Brittany was Swiss Cheese; in the meantime, Justin took another lap on Zig-zag to clean it up. Then I took another go on Generation Gap while Matthew looked on with the camera from the neighboring Swiss Cheese - I sent! Here are some of Matthew's pics:
|Chalking up - photo by Matthew Clausen
|Matched on the jug - photo by Matthew Clausen
|Making the last clip - photo by Matthew Clausen
|Justin at full-extension
|Getting the feet on
These guys were both close on the heartbreaking start of this thing, and will be back soon to finish!
We spent the rest of the day playing on some of the other fun stuff in the canyon. I worked on Pagan Rituals (5.11d) a fun, but very sustained route. Justin and Matthew took turns with Manic Depression (5.11b/c) - a great route with some fun moves. Brittany finished her day out with runs on PWB Arete (5.9) and Sunset Ascent (5.10a).
We all walked out to the parking lot, hungry and tired - a good day. Justin headed for home and Matthew, Brittany and I headed to Jose's in Baraboo for burritos.
Sunday morning was a slow start, Matthew and Brittany had crashed at my place, but no one seemed to be in a big hurry. When we finally did get going we headed over to the East Bluff at Devil's Lake for a bit more laid-back day. I managed to send Gill's Nose (5.11b) and started working on the next project Peyote Blues (5.12b). It was a fun day, various pals came and went - there was much socializing and a few photos.
|Visiting CO climber topping out on Brinton's
|Goran on Gill's Nose (5.11b)
|Sometimes a long reach starts with the feet
|The end of my day
|Jon J giving it a go on Congratulations Crack (5.10a)
|The humidity won