Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Return to the Red - Part 2

We stayed at the Red for just over a week. Despite the forecast constantly calling for rain and thunderstorms (and them occasionally actually happening) we were able to climb pretty much every day. We were also joined by Matt and Kyla, more friends from Ottawa. One day we even managed to convice everyone to do some trad climbing!

Matt, Kristal and I all led Cheaper Than a Movie, 5.8, while Max, Kyla and Marita all followed it. Thanks to Marita and Max for the following pictures. Here I am leading the lower section.

And Kyla following the top half, which does a cool traverse under a large arching roof.

It was great to see everyone switch it up from the usual sport climbing they do, like Max here, working the moves of Kaleidescope, 5.13c.

Otherwise Kristal and I were still on the hunt for awesome cracks to climb. The occasional rain still kept us off many of them (cracks typically take a lot longer to dry out than face climbs) but we still managed to find some. Here is Kristal on the incredible overhanging finger crack Where Lizards Dare, 5.9+, one of the hardest '5.9's we've ever climbed. Thanks to Matt for the photo.

Our favourite route here, and one of the best pitches we've climbed in the last few months, was Arachnid, 5.8.  Here is Kristal racking up. Check out that awesome low angle hand crack!

Here she is getting ready to traverse under the imposing roof, which looks a lot more intimidating than it is.

And here's a shot of the top half of the route, which follows a short offwidth crack to easier climbing up top.  Awesome!

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