(May 26-29, 2007)
Judy and I meet up with Ryan for a great long weekend of bouldering. We had expected hot weather and crowds, but neither materialized - we were shocked at how few people we ran into. And to cap it all off, both Judy and I were able to send our first outdoor V5s!
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We first hit the Moby Dick area. Here's the view looking back down to the road after our short approach to the boulders.
VIDEO: A few of Judy's unsuccessful attempts on an unnamed problem in the Moby Dick area. This was a very height dependent problem. If you're tall enough, it's probably a V2/3.
VIDEO: After Moby Dick, we headed to the Man-Size Area. Here's Ryan sending the Triangle Arete, a pretty stiff *** V2. He gets>>>
VIDEO: Judy gets super close to sending The Tan Streak (V3 ***). She can't top out though and takes a pretty long fall.
VIDEO: Here's a bunch of my failed attempts on the same problem. It's a really big file and admittedly kind of boring so it might not worth the download.
After my failed attempts on the V3, I send Dave's Face (V5 **) on The Man Size Boulder, my first outdoor V5! Woohoo! Ryan and I worked this problem for a good long time before>>>
Yes ladies and gentlemen, yet another "Judy looks ridiculous" pic. Note especially the socks hanging from the backpack straps. <sigh> Oh well, whattya gonna do?
VIDEO: The next day we headed to Area 51 in New Joe's. Here's me trying and failing on Getting Warmer, a really stiff V2. This just goes to show how subjective ratings can be.
VIDEO: Great clip of Ryan on Stumblebum Traverse (V5 **). The first few moves are pretty hard, but Ryan cruises through them fairly easily. He struggles with>>>
VIDEO: Judy on Joe Cool (V3 ***), a very picturesque problem with a scary top out. Judy doesn't quite have the nerve to top out, but it's still a good clip.
VIDEO: Since I can't do V2s, I might as well go back to V5s. :-) Here I am on Self Service (V5 ****) which Ryan sent after a few tries. Here's a few of my unsuccessful attempts...
VIDEO: ...and here's my send of Self Service. Judy and Ryan claim to have heard a whimper during my top out. I dispute it, but you can view the clip and judge for yourself.
VIDEO: Our last day was a short one and we headed to the Boy Size Area. Here's Judy's first go on Mono E Mono (V5 **). She was soooo close to flashing it!
VIDEO: After the near flash, Judy digressed a bit, perhaps starting to think too much about the problem.