Now is the best time of the year to climb outside. No flies, no heat, great friction. I have been lucky to do one or two days outdoors every week for the last 5 weeks and it feels great. My footwork is moving in leaps and bounds to where it was 12 years ago (BC, before kids).
On Saturday I was at Mt Quarry with Neil and Kate, enjoying some of the classics around Power Play. I can now toprope Running with the Bulls (24) with just one rest, which is looking somewhat promising for a redpoint ("rather promising" as opposed to "utterly hopeless" which is where I was 4 weeks ago).
On Sunday me and Pete headed to the home of trad climbing, Churchmans. We parked at the alternative location, avoiding the car burglars who now frequent the main carpark. The crag was cool, sunny, dry, clean and completely empty. Trad climbing is well out of vogue, luckily for us. I led The Bite (17), Super Nova Connection (17) and Pinball (21) while Pete led The Fang (16R), Mainliner (19) and SuperSlab Direct (21). The old carrot bolts have now been replaced by expansion bolts, considerably increasing the clipping pleasure. We were pleased to knock off 6 major routes in 4 hours, boosting our confidence for the upcoming Alpine Adventure 2012. Why should I be scared of some 4000m hill if I can second Super Slab, eh?
I actually got a leg cramp on SSD but considering I did 2 hours of hill runs in the morning, this was to be expected I guess.... This weekend is looking fine again. Life is good.