|Melanie McMahon on Lava Sundae, 5.10a, Dream Wall|
Friday evening, Kristin and I rolled into the valley with enough time for a few pitches at the Bend. We warmed up on Cruel Harvest, 5.9; Hallowed Ground, 5.9; and Salmon Song, 5.10a - all fun crack climbs. At the end of the day, we enjoyed a cold beer and watched the evening sun light up the Bend before dipping below the hills.
|The Bend in evening light|
People, Places and Things, 5.8
Mutiny in Manila, 5.10a - Really cool finger crack up high on the wall
Cruel Harvest, 5.9 - Kristin styled this on lead
Cherry Bomb, 5.10a - Cool sport climb up a bear hug pillar
Winds of Change, 5.10d - This was the route I really had my eyes on for the weekend, taking a direct line up the tallest section of the North Wall. A short, stout crux climbs through about 15 ft of finger crack right at the top. It's a really great route, and I was psyched to get the onsite. I took another lap on a TR it was so good.
Here are some shots from the day:
|Kristin sending Cherry Bomb|
|Winds of Change with the stellar finger crack crux looming at the top|
|Unknown climbers on Peace, Love and Rope, 5.9|
Ring of Fire, 5.10a - Stellar, steep and long route on good rock.
Spanky, 5.10c - Cool route with a weird crux, challenging for the vertically challenged, but fun
In the Flow, 5.10c - Really good sequential moves on a steep cruxy headwall
Lava Sundae, 5.10a - Fun route I climbed on a TR to shoot some photos - also really cool with a positive finger crack, thin hands section at the crux
Nothing Else Matters, 5.11a - Super fun jug haul out of a cave and over a big roof into 5.10 face climbing to the anchors - highly recommended and a cool position up high.
Some more shots:
|Descending to the Dream Wall|
|Jaime stoked to clip some bolts!|
|Mel making it look easy on Lava Sundae|
|Doug hamming it up on In the Flow|
|Mel on Nothing Else Matters|
|The deproach in afternoon light|
|The sun going down|
|Kristin decided she needed to climb this tree - in her socks - in the dark|
|Our friend Josh followed and topped out!|
|Jaime enjoying Salvaged, 5.10a|