Monday, March 24, 2008

School's cancelled... for the Tram-ulites

Words fail me at this point...

Watch my icy hot super slide!
Photo by Abbie Mood

Although it may appear that the Tram looks like a rockin' good time, it is really only fun if you enjoy throngs of screaming children that have likely never seen snow before. Most of the very limited amount of Tram we saw was snow covered or wet. Temps were nice and the snow will probably be at a more managable level in a month or so. I am finally starting to get pysched for the spring and summer seasons (since the winter has been so whacky). Here are 2 videos recapping the days events... Abbie was more successful...

After much searching there actually was some sending to be done, but not by me... all I did was cry...

Abbie trying to capture the dream...
Photo by Eric

Abbie on "Unknown" V3/4
Photo by Eric

Photo by Eric

Just another layer to the legend... Abbie is a human onion...
Photo by Eric

Viva la Tram!!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Meat Bump

Somehow we returned from Hueco with only one problem on video. And since we're lazy, it comes to you unedited with no music.

Eric sending Speed Bump (V7) AKA Meat Bump

Back on the east side, Wills, Jeff H., and I had a quick night session on Brian's Project (V8 or 9) last week. It's a fun, squeezy problem on the west side of the Buttermilk Stem boulder. Wills put the problem up a couple seasons ago and quickly repeated it several times after we refined our beta.

Wills on his third lap

photo - Jeff Sillcox

Jeff would have sent it if I hadn't been firing my flash off while he was trying to climb. (And the four giant holes in his fingers didn't help either.)

photo - Jeff Sillcox

5 second exposure of Jeff trying to find footholds in the dark.

Thursday, March 6, 2008


Hueco is far away. We packed the car in 20 minutes and spent minimal time on this photo shoot of Eric and his chocolate. So why didn't we leave Anaheim until 11:00? I blame the Care Bears musical toothbrush that Eric had to buy and stupid kids from Orange that sniff Sharpies.

photo - Jeff Sillcox

This is where pictures from the Rock Rodeo would be if I'd taken any. It was all we could do to climb six boulder problems after rolling into the Ranch at 1:00am.

We spent most of our trip on North Mountain since we had reservations and couldn't rationalize spending a bunch of money on tours when it was so hot. So we chased shade, caves, and friendly holds.

Eric sending Stegasaur (V8) with the V6 beta: butt first

photo - Jeff Sillcox

Eric dislocating his spine to reach the pocket on Mousie Adame (V7). This problem will be closed when the park decides that this is Native American rock art. Until then, it's just graffiti.

photo - Jeff Sillcox

We only did one backcountry tour and spent the first part of the day getting beat up by small holds and warm temps.
Focus (V10)

photo - Jeff Sillcox

We gave up on Focus pretty fast after Eric got attacked by bad technique (not his) and moved on to some easier classics such as Slim Pickins (V5)

photos - Jeff Sillcox

and Jingus Bells (V5)

photos - Eric Lang & Jeff Sillcox

The highlight of the first half of the week was definitely the pickle incident. Eric and I ate a whole jar of pickles in a couple hours and then Eric decided that drinking all the pickle juice was a good idea. It was not.

photos - Jeff Sillcox

Sunset segway to second half of trip...

photo - Jeff Sillcox

Jamie came down from Salt Lake for a few days and cleaned up her project from the previous trip, Memento (V0+).

photo - Jeff Sillcox

And apparently learned how to use her arms, flashing Orifice Office (V1) and coming really close on some other steep problems.

photos - Eric Lang

Eric almost pulled out a last day send of Schwerer Gustov (V11), but instead succumbed to heat exhaustion and pickle juice poisoning.

photo - Jeff Sillcox

Jamie trying to remember how to slab climb on La Delicate (V3) after a winter in the gym.

photo - Eric Lang

This is what it looks like driving through Arizona in the middle of the night after eating three packages of Pop Tarts.

photo - Jeff Sillcox