Chong Phli – Day 19, 20, and 21 but mostly 21

I went climbing yesterday and I think on Tuesday too.  I didn’t write about those days because nothing interesting happened.  My left elbow started hurting a lot so I climbed some really easy stuff and took a couple days off, then climbed some more really easy stuff.  So I’ve been taking it easy and doing some exercises to help my elbow.  There is still a little pain but it’s not bad and it’s much better from earlier in the week.

So today I’m feeling pretty good and wanted to go climbing.  Got a bit of a late start since something from dinner or breakfast did not agree with my stomach.  Luckily it was not food poisoning or anything like that.  Around 10:30 we finally got to the crag.  Chutzpah 6a+ has been my project lately.  I’ve been working on sending all the 6a+’s and this is one of the last ones.  Lucky for me nobody was on the route when I got there so I gave it a go.  I climbed the first half of the route pretty good but I was feeling anxious and not very confident so about halfway up I started getting out of sequence and my beta was not good and had to take a couple times.  But I got to the top then on my way down, climbed the section that gave me trouble and found a better sequence.

Then Anong climbed it and only needed a little help.  We also met Martin and his wife there so Martin climbed it next.  Now it was my turn.  I was feeling well rested and a little more confident.  I was going to try it on top rope to refine the beta but decided I should just lead it and ended up sending it.  Yay for small improvements!  There is one more 6a+ at Chong Phli.  I wasn’t going to climb it since I never see anybody on it but a guy I met at the yoga studio who also climbs says it’s pretty good so I guess I’ll try it now.  It’s called Round the Bend 6a+.  Once I finish that one then I’ll have to start trying more 6b’s.

So after sending Chutzpah 6a+, I moved the rope over one anchor to try a route on top rope some other guys were climbing earlier in the day.  The route is Hunting Shrooms 6c+.  It was rather difficult.  The crux was very thin and balancy with bad feet.  I couldn’t get through it so had to cheat a little and climb off route but after many takes, I eventually got to the top.  After that, my toes were very unhappy with me and the sun was hitting the wall so we called it a day.  Got some coconuts and ate lunch.

p.s. my toes are still unhappy with me.

2 thoughts on “Chong Phli – Day 19, 20, and 21 but mostly 21

  1. Mike Gruber

    For the sore elbow, Tylenol works good. I finally fixed my bad shoulder by taking Tylenol twice a day for a week, then once a day for another week. I used “extra strength”, which is probably about 1/2 as strong as the normal stuff over there. 🙂

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  2. kph76 Post author

    Thanks Mike! It’s feeling pretty good now. I think the exercises and little bit of rest helped. If it acts up again I might try the tylenol. How come you didn’t use an NSAID?

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