Saturday, April 11, 2009

Tor Season: the gift that keeps on hurting

Today was my first day back at the Tor after a weather-enforced hiatus. I have to admit: I was pretty nervous. The Tor doesn't exactly extend its arms in greeting to climbers. Nevertheless, Elijah, Skip, Justin and I made do with good temps and all-around good vibes. Elijah had a rad burn on BTL. Skip made noticeable progress on both Power and Auto Magic—especially on the latter. Justin finally sent Auto Magic. He crushed it, and he deserves every ounce of elation he surely feels tonight. Justin, I hope you're celebrating with a fine beverage.

Oddly enough, I had possibly my best day of fitness EVER at the Tor. I fired off eleven burns before the day was over, on routes ranging from 5.11d to 5.12c. Of those routes, I accomplished eight redpoints, and when we left I felt like I had another go in me. I should specify that I didn't redpoint eight different routes. I repeated some routes, but I made it a point to never redpoint a route twice. If that makes sense. So here's the breakdown:

Power, 5.11d: redpoint (X2)
Auto Magic, 5.12a: redpoint (X2)
Hell of the Upside Down Sinners, 5.12b: redpoint (X1)
Anchor Punch, 5.12a: redpoint (X1)
When the Sea Doesn't Want You, 5.12a: redpoint (X1)
The Natural, 5.12c: redpoint (X1)

1 comment:

Brian said...


Maybe even, HOT DAMN!