This past week, C and I have been motivated on waking up at 7 in the morning, percolating some coffee, and rallying the 2.5 hour drive out to Poudre in the Corolla. A thing about the Poudre is that it is considered a “winter” area, which means end of May puts it out the game. We had a freakish week with 60 degree temps, so we took advantage of the situation. Courtney had her eyes set on finishing up the classico Bisher Trav. and I wanted to do Chris Shulte’s What’s Left of the Bottom of My Heart. Both are opposites in climbing style. Bisher Trav. consists of 18 moves out a perfect horizontal seam, with 3 crux sections. WLFTBOMH is a 4 move short compression problem. The difficulty of Bisher Trav. is executing each move perfectly and having enough energy to do the last Coup de Grace move. The style is very physical on the shoulders and fingers. It can be summed up as an 18 move campus problem due to the lack of foot holds. I was really inspired watching C session on this climb and go from not being able to do the intro moves, to doing all the moves. She has only been climbing for little over a year, so developing the finger strength and shoulder power needed to do these moves with such short climbing time is very impressive. On her 3rd day of effort, she hiked the boulder making it look like a warm up.
Absorbing the psyche from her send, I was ready to go and put down my project. This bloc climbs the left side arete next to Sharma Lunge. It begins with right and left hand sloping edges that parallel each other. You paste your left foot on and do two bumps to death slopers, then one more final bump to a hold just below the lip. Next, you place your right heal next to your hand and lunge for the lip, hoping that your heal stays. For me, this boulder was at my maximum reach. I could feel the muscles in both shoulders stretch to capacity each time I stuck the final bump move. It took me three days of effort to succeed. Chris called this problem 13 originally, then Jimmy and Brion both came and conquered quickly, giving it 12. Personally, I thought it felt 13, but height was a major factor in this. I had to place my hand and foot in the perfect position in order to make the span of the move. If something was off, then I was off. I could see it being easier if I was even an inch taller, but I am not and that is the challenge, so I accept. For being small it is an amazing bloc with really hard, precise moves for both feet and hands. Psyched to do another Poudre addition.
Now that we both sent our Poudre projects, we are throwing in the towel for the area and awaiting the melt off in RMNP. WOW RMNP is about to be in season. So ecstatic to have a summer in the park, it has been a couple years. I want to explore Upper Chaos and try to establish as many problems possible. Upper has so much potential! Psyched. Stay tuned I’m Goin Innnnnn.