I spent another day on Whiskey yesterday. I can tell that I am getting stronger, but it feels a long way away...even a clean top rope ascent feels a long way away. I had the reserves for five goes today, which is a big improvement over the previous days where three was the limit.
9/21/14 (weight 173.8, AMRHR 60)
On the first three goes I started from the ledge, thereby skipping the easier, but pumpy climbing below and allowing me to focus on the technical crux. I took a high-res video of the third go so I could "go to the tape" and see what I could learn. I cut the video down to a little over six minutes (from sixteen), and posted it on YouTube (it is embedded below). It is probably the most boring video you will ever watch unless you are interested in watching the general projecting process in action, or want to see the beta for the crux of Whiskey. A heads up to the moms and dads out there, it has few choice words in it.
The fourth go was a "training" go. I had Matthew lower me to the ground as soon as I fell off and went right back up on the route as soon as I could start again. On the first of these laps I made it to, but not through, the crux. The next two laps I made considerably less progress on the route. When I lowered off after the third try I nearly succumbed to a case of the screaming pukies - a sign that the laps had their intended affect on my forearms.
The fifth go was a weak attempt, but I had to get to the top to clean the top rope anchors from the route...I hauled rope most of the way after falling off embarrassingly low. Anyway, here's the video:
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