FreezeFest V - Sandthrax - Dec 30, 2006 - 3
Juggers in the hole at the base of the crux.
Arriving at the crux, we find Dave already up. I think he did a
combo of climbing and sliding the cams up for aid/climb combo. Great
job. Wish I had seen it. Bucky jugs and being a little smaller than
me, slides into the the last 5 feet of the 20 foot high off-width. My
turn. My mind does not process mechanical systems well and I am helped
into the ascending rig. I am doing fine, forgoing the etrier foot
loops for the few features on the wall. Soon, the jugs are into the
narrow spot and I am too big to follow them in.The foot holds end and
I am in trouble. If the angle of the rope had been more
vertical...but alas, I am near hanging, just an inch from a foot hold
and considering what I am hanging on and weighting, I am glad I have
had my children already. I am just pitiful. In an instant, the
Spiderman stems up to the level of the top, gets tossed a sling and is
over the crux. I am way out of my league. I am now at the bottom again
and after a few minutes to compose myself, it is my turn again. Set up
by Hank, I decide to use the foot loops this time. Steve has taken
over being the anchor and in a much more advantageous spot...for me,
not him. He is in a stemming position, knees a little bent, and taking
the full weight of the big man. Now if I was just be fast and I try to
be. But I lose the foot loops twice as I prove that walking and
chewing gum ain't easy for everyone. I see his light-skinned
complexion turn a shade of bright red, his face in a painful grimace
and his right leg shaking from weight and effort. I am up and am I
ever relieved. And embarrassed. Bet he was relieved too.
Ram gets set up to jug (thanks Steve), and starts up...
Still looking good; Uh oh, HEY! where'd them jugs go?
I look around for something to do to help! Please let me help!
Anything will do! Finally I stem up and support Steve's legs, taking
some of the strain off of him. Aaron was going to try to do a free
ascent, on belay, but folks were cold and it will have to wait for
another day. Soon we are off again. A 100 foot long section of canyon,
70 feet up, straight as an arrow, intimidates but perhaps only because
we could see so much of it at once? The climbing swoops down, then
angles up. This is a wonderful section. Afterwards we are at a double
arch rap station. Can be downclimbed, can be hand lined or rapped and
it leads down, 2 tiers, to the canyon floor, in a completely dark
corridor and into a minor subway section. Feet on the ground!! First
time in hours. A voice from the heavens. Rob says hi. The radios
hadn't worked. We relieve him from rim duty and he heads for the
|Steve to the rescue. "Must...unjam...the Ram..".
|Steve repeats his crux climb (nicely done).
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