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Summit Rock

Went outdoor climbing yesterday. It was beautifully sunny and view across the South Bay was incredible. Lots of good routes and this time we had probably 6 ropes for a dozen people. I was able to get in 4 climbs.

I sprained my ankle on a climb. This is the part where I talk about the incredibly amazing move I was doing at the time, but it happened while I was being lowered. =)

I was let down too fast on a tricky slant and I came slamming into the wall with my foot at an odd angle. A little swollen, stiff, but mostly ok.

elsparquito took many excellent pictures:

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Pinnacles on Parade

I went to Pinnacles National Monument on Sunday for some outdoor climbing.

We didn't leave Alviso until 10am, so we got to the park pretty late and had to park far away from our trail head because the close lots were full. We started hiking in the wrong direction and didn't realize it for about a mile. We couldn't figure out where we wanted to climb, and kind of got lost a little on the way to Discovery Wall. Finally we got there (at the top) and setup our top rope. We decided to repel down. Then we realized there was a trail that wrapped around the wall that only took a couple minutes.

We were finally ready to climb at 2:30pm.

There were 9 of us climbing on only 2 ropes, so it was slow going. I only got one climb in, but messed around with bouldering on some of the rocks at the base.

The rock there has these jagged little pebbles embedded in the rock. It's hard to get used to grabbing for them because they look like they're going to come off at the slightest touch. The rock was also very rough and harder on your hands.

Overall it was a wonderful day. Pinnacles is a beautiful place. Spending the day outdoors with great people made it a great Sunday.

I didn't have my camera with me. I'll post pictures as I get them from friends.
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I'll take progress half at a time!

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!
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My first 5.10c!

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! =)
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A Collision of Obsessions

Combining the two things I've been obsessing over the most lately.

Someday I'll be able to do that move. =)

I've been going climbing 3 times a week lately. I can feel myself getting stronger. I can pull off moves I never even dared just a couple weeks ago. I'm climbing 5.10a pretty consistently. I've cleaned 2 of the three I've tried so far, and only fell once last night, but only because I didn't realize I had to do a heel hook. I did a heel hook! That was the most satisfying move I've ever done. To really use your *whole* body to get yourself up and over an overhang is just one step removed from being a super hero. =) The 5.10a climbs are much more about creativity and figuring out a puzzle than just being able to lift your body over and over. I can't wait for the challenges that await.
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Feeling Better

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.
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Climbing Rocks!

So, I've been climbing for 4 weeks now. I'm totally hooked. It's a lot of fun, and very social, and great exercise.

I just signed up for membership at Planet Granite. In just one month, I'm already pretty solidly climbing 5.9. I'm hoping to try my first 5.10 soon.

Climbing Rocks! Rock on!