Monday, August 10, 2009
For the first time in years, Caolan and I climbed together on a rope outside, doing a multi-pitch sport climb up on Saturday in Boulder Canyon called Buried Alive. This is one of a number of newer routes on Tonnere Tower a large formation across from Boulder Falls. The first pitch is a long easy 5.9, the second is a nice 5.7, and the third a long varied 5.9, maybe 9+. The route is really good although some of the bolting was uneven, especially on the last pitch with 4 bolts practically on top of each other in a V-corner followed by a 15 foot runout on easy rock, followed by another series of closely spaced bolts. Good route though with great views and easily managed rappels.
Sunday was a Flagstaff session with some good circuit training and exploration. I did a fairly interesting V1 on some good but lichen covered rock on a formation just east of Pratt's Overhang and after dragging over a couple of pads, did a pretty easy first-try ascent of Smith Overhang V8. So I am confident that strength is coming back and I am looking forward to a productive fall.