August 13, 2009
A few of us spent the afternoon at Weeping Cave yesterday. We went late in the afternoon in hopes of finding reasonable climbing temps. It wasn't promising when my car said it was 91 degrees at the trail head! If it were just the heat, likely we could deal with it, but the crag is surrounded by thick vegetation which keeps the moisture and raises the humidity... a whole lot!
Despite the less than ideal climbing conditions, Chad Sr. and I made some good progress on Hoss, Choss, and Chaos. I was able to get most of the way through the crux, falling off at the final stopper move just before the exiting jugs. If you get on this route, please be aware that holds keep breaking off right at the second clip and you will deck if you don't have it clipped. Young Sambo escaped hitting the deck when the hold broke at the same time the rope dropped through the gate of the carabiner.
The picture is of Chad Sr. on Sasquatch.
Last week, i spent a couple of days in the Tetons with several close friends. The weather made life interesting with marble sized hail driven by 40 mph winds. This made for icy conditions up high. Not to mention the temps were in the mid 20's! And it's the middle of August! Despite the weather and the lack of good climbing, and dealing with too many people on the mountain - all trying to kill the people in our group with their carelessness while walking through loose rock above us, i truly had a good time.
It's been hard to motivate for hard climbing the last few weeks. I'm not sure if it's the summer heat, or if I'm stuck in a rut and need to take a break for a few weeks. Anybody wanna teach me how to surf?