I did a fantastic 9-pitch route called the Rostrum yesterday. I did it seven years ago with a girlfriend of mine. This go around I did it with a SAR siter (search and rescue employee) named Greg. What a fantastic route! I fired the 11c pitch, but then fell out of the 10a offwidth (for those of you who aren't climbers, 11c is pretty hard for me, and "fired" means I did it without falling. And 10a is typically fairly easy for me, but this particular 10a was super wide and I just slipped out of it.) Anyhoo, I fell, flipped upside down and got some nasty rope burn on my ankle (I'll post a photo later; I forgot my camera). But it was so much fun!
Yeah, I know, climbers are strange. I was just discussing this with Greg yesterday. Most "normal" people don't walk around with constant cuts and bruises all over their legs, rope burns on their ankles, and hands that look like they've been through a cheese grater. A good "goby" on the hand means you were really trying hard (or else you were exhibiting bad technique). Climbers are an odd bunch.
More photos to come in a few days.
1 year ago