Monday, April 10, 2017

Commodus and Spartacus

Commodus (5.10b) and Spartacus (5.11c) at the end of Roman Wall were a great way to cap off the day.  

Commodus was dominated by balance-y, delicate and insecure moves up the arete at the end of the wall.  Unlike most of the climbs at HCR, the bolts were a bit more widely spaced and a couple of the moves had to in positions where a fall would have you bouncing around corners, which added a bit of spice to the mix.  Truly delightful climbing and among the best routes we've done.

On fresh arms, I think I'd have nabbed my first 5.11c onsight with Spartacus.  The upper crux sequence is a tough read, with a scattering of very small crimps on the run from the last bolt to the anchors.  I popped on the last move and took my first big fall of the year.  After a short hang I managed to finish it off without too much fuss.  Sam got stopped on the same move.  I'll file this one away to tick off next time we get to HCR.  

No photos of these, but here's Ida enjoying some much deserved hot cocoa at the base:

And Leo on the walk to the crag earlier this morning, contemplating some goats:

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