Friday, April 22, 2011

20 Laps at the Quarry Wall

The somewhat hidden and less traveled Quarry Wall on North Table Mountain in Golden provides good training ground for my upcoming trip in Yosemite Valley. The fairly continuous cracks allow me hone my crack climbing ability, and prepare for bigger and better climbs.
Other than the loud highway noise, the coors factory humming in the background, sewage aroma, muddy hike, and bird corpse filled cracks.... this place is great!

20 laps on 5 different cracks, ranging from 5.10 to 5.11+. (I keep attempting Bone Crusher (5.12), but overhanging .5 camalots are brutal)

My top rope solo setup is very simple. Tie off lead line at top of pitch. Rap down, start climbing, manually pull out slack through gri gri. I don't tie back up knots, I don't feel like that is necessary.

Lately I have felt like cragging by myself keeps me more motivated than with other people. I am always keeping El Cap in the back of my mind. I'm trying to get comfortable climbing alone. Soloing The Zodiac is going to be one of the hardest things I have ever tried to do.

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