September 5, 2011 0

Labor Day Weekend

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The past two days have brought hot, humid weather…even though it’s September and our mind set is that summer is over, the temps definitely don’t think so.  When it’s so sticky out and the rock is anything but we think it’s a perfect time to go check out some new shiz.  No expectations, just chillin’ with friends in the woods, looking for potential projects…trying to squeeze the life out of any hold we can sort of hang on to.

On Friday, Danimal was psyched to show us a couple of little satellite areas around where he lives.  Ling & I met AB at his place and took off to Western Mass.  The area was just outside of Great Barrington, super short hike in; which I’m a big fan of, the cluster of boulders was small.  I’m sure there’s more potential for first ascents but we weren’t out to explore too much.  Here’s a couple of shots of the first boulder you come to on the trail.

Ling crushing the V4/5 warm-up

My turn

After zone one, we trecked to another area that Dan was super jazzed about showing us.  We were ready, head lamps, lanterns and bug spray.  Little did we know that we were going over the river & through the woods….we were not ready for sweating, swamps, rail road tracks, and over an hour of bushwacking….in the dark!  We had to double back a couple of times to find our way out…I was exhausted and crashed hard when I finally got home at 11pm!

Thank God for family day!  So, as tired as I was, I wanted to check out the new boulder that AB had been talkin’ up for a couple of weeks now.  It’s a pretty good size boulder with lots of fun problems on it.  The rock-type is the same that you’d find at Bradley.  I was quite surprised at how good the friction was despite the humidity, which only got worse as the day progressed.  And what eventually ran us out of there was the lack of skin and ferocious mosquitos! All in all though, it was a great day & I’m psyched to return.

 

Chalking up...

Perspective on the size of the boulder

 

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