Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Standoff

Day 2: Happy Boulders

After wrecking ourselves at the Buttermilks on Friday, our skin needed a break from granite. Unfortunately, volcanic at the Happies in April isn't much better. The rock was warm to the touch even in the shade. I started to warm up and quickly decided to save it for another day and take pictures instead.

Derek warming up in the shade on Donkey Boy (V0+)

photo - Jeff Sillcox

Derek was pretty beat from the previous day, but Eric and I (the slave drivers) made him keep climbing. Hopefully we didn't hurt him too bad. Here he is sending Action Figure (V6)

photos - Jeff Sillcox

Eric didn't climb enough the day before. He still had energy to screw around on the Happy Boulder. The Hulk (V6)

photos - Jeff Sillcox

And Disco Diva (V8)

photo - Jeff Sillcox

And the moment you've all been waiting for: Eric sent Rio's Secret Arete (V3) in a couple tries after complaining about being short (he's 5' 10" if anyone who's actually short wants to punch him). He then spent the next hour or so (I might be exaggerating slightly) trying to get psyched up to jump the gap back to the rim. I jumped back and forth a few times and fell into a pushup position across the gap trying to help him (I don't think it helped). And in the end, he opted for the sketchy chimney downclimb over the pit of death and the shame of being a wuss.

photo - Jeff Sillcox

Nate will probably chime in here and defend Eric for not giving in to peer pressure on this jump. But that is only because he too lives in shame from not doing this jump. I think we need to arrange some sort of death match between Nate and Eric on top of this boulder. Or maybe they can hold hands and jump together...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, I will chime in. That jump = certain death. Eric be glad you didn't jump. Jeff's white man fro provides just enough floatation for him to barely leap the gap. Based on Eric's non-female haircut he surely would of been blungened beyond all recognition by pinballing down the said pit o' death. So congrats on foiling Jeff's goal of killing one of his friends in that pit. He tried it on me a few years ago and I outsmarted him as well. As far as holding hands just give me the place and time and I'll be there. Do not doubt this!