So, I made my attempt at a 5.10d tonight. I made it just past half way (standing on the half way). I felt like I could make it technically, I was just tired from swimming and not having climbed since last Wednesday.
I can't wait to come back to it Wednesday or Friday and conquer it!
I finally decided to try a 5.10c. I've been doing 5.10a/b for a couple weeks now, and I thought I'd give a c a shot.
I picked this really cool looking route in the "Icebox" (named because it's in a little back room that stays very cool). It goes straight up a chimney. A chimney is basically a small vertical space with 3 sides.
The start was very interesting. You had one blob hold on one wall, and one foot on the other wall, and you always have to start with both hands on the start hold. So you have to lean way over to start then sort of flip around and stem right away. Then it's just stem-mantle-stem-mantle-... for a a while, until the chimney becomes a little more wrap around. Then you have to sort of keep one leg out of the chimney while you keep smearing off the chimney with whatever body part you feel most comfortable losing skin off. =)
I finished it without falling or resting on the rope. That's not to say I didn't rest. I was able to wedge my body in the chimney so I could pretty much take a nap. =)
It felt really good to finish it because it was: My first 5.10c, I had never seen it before, and I was the first of my friend's to try it.
I then decided to try a second 5.10c, and got to about 4 moves from the top and just got too tired. I was done for the night, but I have a route to try fresh next time.
Climbing 3-4 times per week is really making me stronger and a better climber very fast.
I can't wait to try out a 5.10d and then move on to 5.11a! =)
Well, after two weeks of being sick with the Flu From Hell(tm), I'm finally feeling well enough to be active.
I got back into climbing last Wednesday, and climbed for 2 hours last Saturday, then an hour or so Monday. I ran 8 miles on Sunday. So, I'm back on track for getting into shape.
Hopefully I can get back up to half-marathon distance soon.