November 03, 2007

she sends...

Early this Spring, Heather equipped her first sport route in Blackfoot Canyon at an area called Crank Cave. The cave isn't much to look at with its junked cars and graffiti; the occasional body dump for a dead animal or two, and approximately one half mile down canyon from the county dump. Sounds worthwhile and aesthetic doesn't it! Let's just say the routes climb better than they look! The place is pretty much designed for having fun. If you're interested in making statements of ethical proportions or a name for yourself, I'd suggest looking elsewhere as the place is pretty much a worthless pile of volcanic choss!

Now, with that being said, fun is the name of the game at the ole Crank Cave. If you're looking for something other than that, you're outta luck! The routes are short, powerful, sharp, and for the most part, a barrel full of good times. Heather's route, The Bride of Crankenstein, is one of the better routes, if not the best route in the cave to date. Weighing in somewhere in the 5.12 range, Crankenstein pulls through a horizontal roof to a fun headwall above. Short, sweet, and to the point. She's flamed out some of the area's better climbers on their first few attempts, sending them away with bruised ego's. Heather worked on the route a few times this spring until the temps and my traveling schedule kept her away for several months. The hard campusing moves onto the headwall kept her little short body from succeeding.
Heather and the gang headed down for one of the last cave sessions of the season today while i was out of town. Crankenstein was knockin' them off one by one. As recounted by others over dinner this evening, Heather tied in and floated up the route, clipping the anchors on her first attempt of the day! Some even used the term "effortlessly"... Needless to say, she was pretty excited about the whole thing. Me too!! It's such a neat experience to see someone experience for the first time the entire process of new routing. From cleaning and equipping. To working and failing. To finally succeeding. It's absolutely priceless.

Here's to many more in your future Heather...