of holes and bolted climbs

I've had a busy couple of days. On Friday, Doug and Dylan came over to help me dig holes in my back yard. After about three hours and nine beers (total, not apiece), we got about 2/3s of the way through the patio. Maybe I'll actually have it finished by the end of the month.

Then, yesterday a few of us decided to go scale some crags. We picked Ironsides in the Ironclads area off of Highway 7 about halfway between Lyons and Estes Park.

Doug recruited Dylan to help him get his first ever multipitch out of the way—Alloy Madness, 5.10d. And Clare and Dennis started off on a wet, dirty crack—Port Side, 5.6— that didn't make Clare all that happy, but she eventually got it nailed.

I waited my turn, and eventually got my first lead of the year under my belt—Gypsies in the Palace, 5.8. After a lot of whining, and some serious consideration of coming down about halfway through, I finally persevered and got the damn thing done. I feel a lot better just having it over with without any serious injury, or you know, death. I don't know why I can't get out of my head on lead, because that was some seriously easy climbing and I had a hard time believing I could do it.

Then I ran up the bottom half of the TR that Doug and Dylan had set up on Alloy Madness, 5.10d, and even made the first few moves on the top half of the 10d part before my forearms gave out. I seriously need to not do anything at all the day before I go climbing. Or start climbing more to build up my endurance. I poop out way too quickly these days.

But it was still a pretty great day to be outside. A little chilly, but very tolerable and, quite possibly, the perfect temps for some climbing. We finished the day off with a most delicious dinner of Mexican fare at Cilantro Mary in Lyons.

Today should be filled with digging more holes in the back yard, but it rained last night and the ground's all muddy and so I might use it as an excuse to sit on my butt and watch movies all day. I'm sure you'll hear all about it later.

More pics up on my Flickr page. For those of you who care about such things.


curtisgreen said...

Only nine beers for three dudes building patio? Damn, Duggan, you've become such lightweight in your time away from Tina, Cristi and I.

Call It Courage said...

Gypsies in the Palace was my first lead and holds a special place in my heart...