|An Icy Climber Transporter...|
Heather and I moved recently, into a smaller place in a nice, quiet neighborhood. Storage was a challenge, and we got rid of lots of things and came up with good places to keep our stuff in our smaller space. All of our climbing gear is under the stairs, so we found that quickly and easily, but the precious guidebook was another story... We quickly discovered that we had no clue where it was... I found our old guidebook, which is much less useful, but we couldn't find the topo for the Pillary, Squamish Select, or Skaha Rockclimbs. Also, my notebook that I use for this blog was M.I.A.
As I said, our place is much smaller, and for half an hour we ripped everything apart. It looked like our little place had been robbed, and we didn't find our book anywhere. What a disaster! Running behind schedule, we pile into the car and get a move on to collect our third party... Where is that book!? We put all of our climbing books together in a very logical place, we agree on that much, but where in the world did they go?
|Scenery blocking scenery |
in the sun @ Sugarloaf
|First figure 8!|
The Bog Wall is super-easy to find, and looks like it offers some decent terrain, as well as a pair of likely paths to the top of the crag. Heather and Daisy start unpacking their gear, and I start my way up to the top of the crag. Once I get to the top I happily discover two pairs of bolted anchors to choose from. Excellent. I set up our rope for a 5.8 called 'Up From the Bog' and head down to the base of the climb.
|Heather starting off a big year|
Daisy's turn, she tries valiantly, but needs a little boost to get going on this climb. How pleasant! The bottom conquered, she starts moving smoothly upward, very confidant from all of the gym climbing that we have been doing. She reaches the same spot as Heather, and runs out of steam quickly. Down to earth she comes.
All right, somebody has to get this one done. The crack looks good, it's just that one spot which is nasty. I get through the first few moves quite quickly, arriving at the difficult part without a lot of problem, and now I can see what gave the ladies all their headaches. The crack becomes smooth as glass here, polished by 50 years of climbing, and the feet completely disappear. Luckily, I have a lot more reach, and am able to get my left hand up to a beauty of a hold which I use to pull my feet up to gain purchase on a solid ledge. From there it is pretty much smooth sailing, I get to make some fun, precise moves on my way to the top.
|Nearing the end!|
Heather up next, she opts to go left up the 5.6, and nimbly and capably finds herself up at the top, glorying in the sunshine in a matter of moments. I take my turn, tackling the 5.6, Jump Start, with ease, then I move the rope over to sit above a 5.8 and 5.4.
|A boulder-y high seat!|
|Great start to the year!|
What a glorious day!