For the month of October, my terribly strict employer (read: sarcasm) told me to take a month off and to go work on my climbing resume. I took this opportunity gladly, and planned a road trip that would have me hitting many of the areas we have programs in. Joshua Tree, Lee Vining, parts of the High Sierra, and of course Red Rock. I started reading route descriptions and making a tick list, and then realized I still needed someone to climb with and a way to get there. Partner-less and vehicle-less I thought the trip wouldn't happen, but out of nowhere a friend contacts me and lets me know he just bought a car and is looking for something to fill his October. I guess the stars aligned, because I just solved both of my problems without even trying.
|Although the author found a partner and transportation, he was unable to solve the problem of his clashing clothes. Approaching North Peak in the High Sierras|
|First stop, a multi-pitch route at Smith Rock, OR, to test out the partnership|
|Climbing was starting to feel like I was carrying a heavy burden (at the top of Fairview Dome in Toulumne Meadows)|
This new climber joined us for a few days of cragging in Joshua Tree, which was a fantastic way to break the ice and to allow a sense of separation from the original partnership. Partner #2, as I will refer to him, and I got along much better and I felt a sense of encouragement between us that was mutual. We traveled together to Red Rock, and that is when I felt my trip really started to be productive. Day after day, Partner #2 and I climbed big link-ups and moved quickly in the mountains. The climbing was amazingly fun, and our accomplishments felt less important to share with others because we knew what they meant personally, and that's all that mattered. Not only did I climb harder and faster than I ever have before, I was enjoying the climbing more than ever, simply because I had a good connection with my partner.
|Having tons of fun, two pitches from the top of Dream of Wild Turkeys in Red Rock, NV|
|The author climbing one of those slabby crux traverse pitches that you just don't need to talk about|
|Capturing the happy partnership after a link-up of Black Orpheus to Solar Slab,|
roughly 3400 vertical feet and 24 pitches of stellar rock climbing.
--Andrew Yasso, Program Coordinator