Matthew got the day started with a lead of Birch Tree Crack (5.8), a perennial favorite, and mega-classic. Here is a video of him climbing from the crux to the top. It, like most climbing videos is probably boring, but it shows good crux beta and then proceeds to fast-forward to the top:
I took a lead lap on Birch Tree as well, and then we headed around the corner to Congratulations (5.10a). Matthew led it, cleaned it on rappel, and then I took a turn leading it, this time I got play for the camera:
After that, we headed over to Callipigeanous Crack (5.10a), where I led and Matthew seconded. After that we took a quick lap on my all-time favorite Peter's Project (5.7).
|Topping out on Peter's Project (5.7)|
|Matthew's feet and the setting sun, atop Brinton's Buttress - photo by Matthew|
|Devil's Lake at Dusk|
On Sunday morning, Matthew and I met Jon and Liz at the Bedroom Amphitheater, next to Rainy Wednesday Tower. Jon led Foreplay (5.5), and Liz followed. Then I led Foreplay as well and Matthew followed. While I was leading Tim showed up with the legendary Pete Cleveland in tow. We hung out for a while, Jon led Orgasm (5.8), despite wet conditions. I took a turn at it, but backed down after finding myself unwilling to commit to turning the roof. Since there was a rope hanging on the Bedroom wall, it saw a lot of action, with Orgasm Direct (5.11b) and Second Coming (5.7) seeing the majority of the top rope ascents. Jon also led Second Coming, and Matthew led Cerebration (5.4). At some point, Tim and Pete left to see if there were any last remnants of the ice left to climb. Shortly thereafter Mike and Melissa (of Mike's Mix fame) dropped in unexpectedly, and were followed by another expected surprise when Keller and Marco dropped in.
Matthew and I decided to sneak out of the now crowded (who would have thought on the first weekend in March?) Bedroom Amphitheater and check out some other nearby attractions. First on the docket was the short, but fun Pretzel (5.6) just around the corner at Psuedo Hawk's Nest. After that we decided to go down the hill a bit and check out the often overlooked, Four Brothers. At the base, I discovered that I had left my shoes up in the Bedroom Amphitheater. Rather than waste a trip up the hill to retrieve them, I decided to lead Foliage (5.5) in my running shoes - harrowing endeavor. Matthew seconded, I retrieved my shoes, and we headed back to the base of Four Brothers. I wanted to give Family Jewels (5.7) a try. Meanwhile, Jon had decided to come check out the cliff from above and decided to take some photos as I led. I was pretty happy with the results:
|Placing gear high on Family Jewels (5.7) while Matthew belays - photo by Jon|