In climbing, it is possible to climb very, very hard. Usually this requires a decent amount of effort. Some people project routes, working for long periods to send the rigs. Rob Miller spent two or three years on the Muir Wall on El Cap, leaving right after work in Santa Cruz, driving three and a half hours to Yosemite, hiking to the top of El Cap, and rapping down the face to work on the route. That's one type of projecting. Alex Honnold waltzed up to Jailhouse tied into his rope, and tried Flower Power, hanging on the bolts, and bouldering out the moves. He tried the route again for a couple days, complained about how hard it was, then sent the savage 14b in eight tries. That's another type of projecting.
Yesterday, a bunch of monkeys and I piled into my station wagon and bumped up the Icicle road to boulder. The Millenium boulder sits next to the river in a small opening, a single large granite chunk. A half dozen problems ascend the formation most of them involving sloping holds and heinously high feet. On one side of the formation there is the Millenium Traverse, which begins in a curvature of the rock, hits a sloping lip and moves left across the boulder to a large sidepull and a huge move to a good ledge. I climbed well on it yesterday and plan on going back to work on the problem more. Hopefully, it won't be a epic project but be something I can complain about for a few days, crush, and then spray about.
Back In Black
3 years ago