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.