Monday, December 29, 2008

Potrero Chico 08: Day 4 - Supernova went DOWN

Kawai and I woke up at 6:30 this morning for an early start at Supernova. We warmed up on Mr. Puffer's Wild Ride, a very fun 5.9+ in Estrallas, much lower than Supernova. Kawai was in love with that climb. For a 9+, it was very fun.

After that warmup, we marched up to the base of Supernova. The pitches go at 5.11a, 5.8, 5.6, 5.6, 5.9, 5.6, 5.9, 5.8. I lead pitch one, almost coming off at the crux. I had a decent left hand, a good right undercling, bad left foot and horrible right smear. I managed to make the move without coming off and boogied to the anchor. Kawai followed with no issues, though the ropebag he had on his back caught some air during the crux, yet he held on.

Kawai linked pitches 2 and 3 together, and I did the same for 4 and 5. He lead what I'm sure must have been 6, 7 and 8 all in one. Since the climbing was easy, we skipped bolts so we could link pitches and get to the top. The last pitch wasn't all that great, but getting to the top and seeing the view was awesome.

Kawai at first belay:

Since we only had one 70m rope, it was necessary to make a bunch of short rappels. I would go first, and as soon as I hit the next anchor I'd get off rappel and start threading the rope through the bolts. That way, when Kawai got down, all he had to do was pull the other side, equalize, and throw. I had some good throws, EVERY one of Kawai's throws was bad. We had some good laughs.

The view of El Toro:

We ran into a party of 3 on the anchors of the 2nd pitch. 5 dudes on one ledge was tight, but not as bad as you'd think. We rapped off their draws, hit the last rap station, then got to the ground. First thing... gotta go potty!

We made our way down the slope and back to camp, had hot showers and a little food, and yeah, that's it. Micah should be here any minute, then it's dinner time. We're going to the market tomorrow, which is bigger than Friday's. Can't wait to get some more grubbin' food!

Today's pics

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