Jay was in town this weekend, and while I couldn't join him on Saturday or Sunday (I had a wedding to attend in Minneapolis - congrats Mamie and Ryan), I was able to join him on Monday. It had rained all day on Sunday, and Monday morning started off the same - but drilling down to the hourly forecast (a necessity for weather optimists) revealed a strong chance of clearing in the afternoon. Shortly after ten in the morning, I met Jay at his mom's house east of Baraboo. It rained (sometimes hard) off and on until about noon, when, the clearing weather, coffee and combined restlessness, conspired to clear us from the couch. Alliteration aside, we headed up to the Major Mass/Minor Mass/Doorway Rocks area of the park - we figured even if it didn't clear up and dry out we would get a good chance to explore a part of the park in which neither of us had much experience.
When we got to Minor Mass, it was wet - no longer raining, just wet. We spent a little time at Minor Mass, trying to find something that looked dry and appealing, but eventually we decided that Doorway Rocks would dry out faster. After a short, uphill hike we found blues skies and dry rock. I started the day out with a lead of the classic Angel's Crack (5.6) - topping out in ideal conditions meant for a cheesy hero shot.
|Blue Skies Atop Angel's Crack (5.6) - Photo by Jay
All told, we both took nine goes, on eight routes and sent seven of them cleanly - not bad for a rainy day.