My favorite climb of this trip was Wholesome Fullback to Our Father. I was lucky to lead the money pitch of Wholesome Fullback, which starts as thin fingers to perfect hands. Pure sweetness! The traverse under the roof was easier than I thought it would be and easy to protect. I am finally applying the knowledge on how to protect traverses and avoid rope drag- place a piece and extend the runner. This was key, as the pitch was a rope stretcher!
|Chad, thoroughly enjoying the first pitch.|
|Perfect hands to start the third pitch of Our Father.|
The decent of this route is two rappels with one rope. The first bolted rap station is set up perfectly to climb the thrid pitch of Our Father. We decided to continue with the goodness of climbing cracks in Black Velvet Canyon, and took turns lowering each other on Our Father. So good! Perfect hands to a steep layback to a defined crux. So good! (Did I mention that already??).
|Chad, flying through the crux of Our Father without blinking.|
We rapped the route and I sure hope the little tree for the second rap station doesn’t die any time soon. There’s a bomber nut backing it up, and I know I don’t generate much force while rappelling… Being the last day of my climbing trip, it was kind of sad returing to terra firma. After staying up late exploring the infamous “Strip” of Vegas, Monday morning I flew out on a red-eye flight. Driving straight to work after the bus dropped me off at the Park and Ride, I had the best-worse case of the Mondays ever!