Friday, January 02, 2009

Potrero Chico 08: Day 8 - Kawai's last day, no up then down then up then down

Today was Kawai's last day, and since we were all tired from a few days with a lot of hiking, we stayed low. We warmed up on a few 10s on Central Scruitinizer, which were fun but nothing special. Kawai then lead Gringo Disco, a 165ft 11a. It was a nice lead because it's easy to get off route. The only thing we really didn't like was the decent. You have to rap to anchors on another climb, which was occupied. The rap after that to clean the draws wasn't much fun either. Happy to have done the route; not gonna do it again.

We then turned the corner so Kawai could send his nemesis: Don Quixote, 11d. He had tried it on one of his first days of climbing and couldn't battle his way mentally through the crux. It was a running joke that he had climbed up, then down, then up, then down many times trying to get the mental fortitude to climb the crux. Today was no problem, and he sent without a problem. Nathan and I both flashed it, doing it a bit differently than Kawai and still differently than each other. China also lead it, taking at a few spots but finishing it out in style.

Me on DQ:

Nathan at the crux of DQ:

Kawai killing it:

China, way up high:

My ascent was probably the freakiest for everyone as I forgot to bring a draw for the last clip. You can see I ran out the last section for 25ft or so. Luckily the holds were good!

Cute pug that was running around all day:

Today's pics

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