Rock Climbing Season

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Tony and I finally made it to Devil's Lake this week. It has been such a cold and wet spring, we thought we'd never get there. We woke up early on Wednesday and had all the climbs at the busiest crag to ourselves in the morning. We started out on Upper Diagonal, which proved really tough for us. Next was Birch Tree Crack, which Tony set the anchor for. This climb still required some hangdogging, but I think I could work out the sequence on this one to do it cleanly.

After we pulled those two top ropes, we climbed The Pedestal in 2 pitches. The climb is only rated 5.4, but it's rather delicate and tricky I think. Nevertheless, I had fun leading and Tony had fun cleaning the climb.

We then headed over to Many Pines Buttress where I led Anemia, then we top roped Peter's Project. This is a really fun 5.7, which I climbed cleanly; I think I could lead it but I haven't led any Devil's Lake 5.7s yet.

We headed over to Brinton's Buttress for our final climb of the day, Brinton's Crack. This is another great climb and should be within my leading abilities.

We had a really fun day, except for the swarms of biting gnats. Can't wait to go back with Tony and Tim over Memorial Day weekend!


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