Sunday, February 15, 2009

Weekend Warriors

Going up to Squamish this weekend was a bit of a no-brainer for those who know the magic of winter temperatures. Matt and I arrived at the forest around 12 noon to find it mostly deserted. Chapman and friend were quick on the scene and things started off from there.
When arriving at the boulders, there is always the age-0ld question of where to warm up. Most people prefer the High V0 area to warm up because of the long movement and concentration of problems. This is all fine and dandy is spring or summer forest conditions, but that part of the forest is often much darker than the Easy area in the winter and so I broke with the group to warm up there. Matt would argue that is because I am afraid of high balls in the other area but that is just not the case.
After everyone was all warmed up, it was off to the races. Nobody had an idea of where to go (other than myself) and I was not prepared to drag everyone back to the Gibb's cave area if no one else was going to be climbing. We quickly decided to go to an old highball classic called No Excuse for Porn Hair. This boulder is situated between the end of the Grand Wall boulders and the beginning of the Apron parking lot. There is actually now a trail that leads right from the Talus to the Apron, so you no longer have to walk along the highway to get there.

I had never been to No Excuse for Porn Hair so I was psyched to do something new. The boulder itself is much higher than it looks from the road. Matt fired it straight away while Chapman and I took a couple goes.
Chapman on the other side of the camera.
After visiting the Porn boulder, we headed back up to my arch-nemesis, Northridge Mini. I was sure that today would be the day but after slipping off a couple of damp holds and getting stopped by an early move, it was time to pack up and go somewhere else. At this point we were joined by Jamie, Sarah, and Gary as we headed over to Worm World Cave. At Worm World, the day felt like it was winding down, but it was nice to relax in the forest and take in the sweet sweet weather. We found Sam and Shannon working the low start of WWC and the energy was good for hanging out and having a good time. I also took the opportunity to take some photos.
Gary using an unusual way to get off.
To end the day, Jamie, Matt, and I ran around the boulders climbing some classic problems. This was probably the best part of the day. I love going around climbing things that you rarely climb. Till next time dear boulders...till next time.

1 comment:

  1. I like your knew banner for your blog. Very cleaver! Also it would be nice to able to click on the photos and see them larger... Just a thought.