The Lost Art of Trying

Well, what’s there to say?  The year 2013 has started out less than pleasant.  But the upside of unfortunate luck is that it can only get better from here.  Right?  So let’s forget the negative and indulge in some lovely photos that have been long overdue.

Kristina on The Last Battle, 5.11

Kristina on The Last Battle, 5.11

Oh how I love sexy legs and cam shadows.

Oh how I love sexy legs and cam shadows.

Snacking time: avo, cheese, apple, & crackers

Snacking time: avo, cheese, apple, & crackers

It still amazes me at how good food tastes surrounded by rock.  You savour every little bite and virtually all of it is used to fuel your day.  I forget in the every day muddle of life that all food should be savoured to this extent.  This was also Matt’s first time discovering the above snacking combo.  Let’s just say he was a little more than stoked.

Duncan on Quarter of a Man, 5.12-

Duncan on Quarter of a Man, 5.12-

Watching Duncan climb is watching a field mouse defy gravity up the steepest and most burly rock walls.  ‘Nuff said.  That is all.

Kristina starting her lead on Piano, 5.10d

Kristina starting her lead on Piano, 5.10d

This is probably one of my favourite pictures from this bunch.  I enjoy the the colour and the balance situated within the photograph.  Can you spy the furry companion?  This climb is absolutely beautiful as well.  It is a unique finger crack in a left facing corner with barely enough of a lip out left of the crack for you to stem your left foot onto while shoving your right foot into the narrow corner.  Kristina made it look beautifully easy.  I was next to climb it so I could tie myself into the anchors, hang, and take pictures.  I loved this route and marked it down in my memory bank as an “I-would-lead-this-route.”

Kristina Piano 2 SP

Gorgeous scenery with beautiful execution

Matt Piano SP

Matt leading Piano

Matt Piano Blurred SP

A portrait of where your fingertips should go; hammered, squeezed, bloodied, or chalked – make them fit.

Matt Piano 2 SP

Matt Piano Heel Hook SP

At this point, Matt made a desperate grab for the ledge on the right.  He was getting pumped and super tired.  His fingers are a bit bigger and don’t fit in the crack quite the way Kristina’s did.  I watched him debate his moves for about 30 seconds before he made a last and despairing move.

Any guesses as to what his next move on lead was?

Yep.  He heel hooked the ledge. On lead.

Yep. He heel hooked the ledge. On lead.

I’m not entirely sure who makes their last desperate attempt into a heel hook, but he pulled it off.  None of us thought he was going to make it.  It was well executed and looks like a sweet yoga move on the rock.  Although, I’m sure Matt would tell you of all his strong points in life, yoga is not included.

Meet Chloe

Meet Chloe

Chloe was next up to climb.  I had been trying to get pictures of her from above all trip and it just wasn’t working out.  So I was really happy to be able to watch her climb from above.  I must say, being able to be at the top of a climb looking down at someone is a much, much different experience.  It was such a pleasure meeting Chloe.  She is one of the people who just inspires you to be a better person and further more – she’s hilarious.  She even has staked her own little written spot on the web – check her out here.  It will definitely be worth your time.

Grr.

Grr.

She fell here and was a bit frustrated with herself.  But honestly, she has the struggle and the battle in her to win wars.  I wouldn’t have traded anything when it came to climbing with Chloe’s spirit and energy.

Guns.

Guns.

She made it!

She made it!

Next up – Krissy.

Stemming into action.

Stemming into action.

Krissy got a pretty bad head cold on the trip.  I gave her some of my “witch doctor” meds that seemed to help, or at least keep the worst from onsetting.  But never the less, she kept on climbing.  Chloe and I even convinced her to do this climb even though she had already laid claim to taking her harness off for the day.

She, too, made it to the top.  She was even able to muster up a smile.

She, too, made it to the top and was even able to muster up a huge smile.

Can you tell that Matt really despises off-widths yet?

Can you tell that Matt really despises off-widths yet?

Even the moon came out to play.

Even the moon came out to play.

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5 responses to “The Lost Art of Trying

  1. SWEEEEEEET! LOVE THESE! Makes me want to be there so badly. You’re an amazing photographer. My favorite is the one of Christina on Piano with her buldging back muscles. Such a magical place… Nice work!!!

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