I have made a private video, not the kind the Faye Reagan makes but the climbing vid's. Why you may ask? Well, I do not want D-woods or Paul to flash The Raven so it can get downgraded (my ego could not handle that). And I make the video's because I think that it is fun to watch the people I climb with climb problems in places that I cannot be at when they are so I figured that people would like to see my video's. For the most part they did.
I understand now why people lay under the radar.
So all my videos are private. If you want to see em' E-mail
and I will send you a password.
Brian Camp said it best,
"CLIMBING IS GAY"... "I HATE CLIMBING"
I am starting to get it.
In other news,
My finger injury is back! Whahoo! It happened the day I did the Raven. But what ev's it is not nearly as bad as before. I am going to climb atCHOSSILLOWRiver and try and do this amazing chipped, glued, dramatic route Andy Raether put up a few years back (or at least kinda put up, he got pulled off by T-shake mid route, such a good story). Willow river is a total shit pile. I am not even a little bit syked. The only reason I want to go there is to get some enduro for "Whiskey a-go-go" (13a) and supposedly the best route in the Heartland.
I also want to hit up some trad at devils lake/palisade head.
OK party people here is how the areas look for MN-
Problems you can climb on,
-Onion -Jaws -Luke Warm -Tombstone.
Everything else was wet as of Sunday March 14th.
Sandstone- Unsure but take it easy people.
I know this place is so hot right now but take it easy, Sandstone when wet can break. You may being saying to yourself "but Nic climbed up there weeks ago" and your right... but what you do not get is that I shoveled the boulders that I wanted to climb on off (both tengo and the raven) so they would dry off. The rive boulder is totally F'd.
problems you can climb on,
-Pocket Hercules -The Rave (maybe... could be dank) -Tengo (maybe)
No idea? Who is going there?
Again, No idea..
Taylor's "water area",
OUT OF COMMISSION FOR SEASON
I have a idea where I might go... But I am not telling. Maybe Devil's Lake... or Maybe something big and swirly....
Now that the surf report is over..
Here is how my Saturday/Sunday went... Not as good as Steve's but close.
Wake up, Drink Coffee, stain Mantle (more to come on this one), go to Molly's, go out with friends, drink beer, drink shot, WASTED! why? Where in that sentence does it say eat food.
Go home, Eat food.
Get sober, time check... 11:00pm.. sleep.
get up, drink coffee, eat, pick up Jim, drive for 3.5 Hours, hike/post hole for 45min, get to boulders with soaking wet shoes (I am a idiot) sit on mat, cook socks till warm, hike back for 30min, get in car drive back for 3.5h.
A while back I put up a post about "The Big 5" as of yesterday the 5 is now 6. Here is the list. Finish the list and you will be the Second on the "Best of the Midwest" List, Jim Merli being the first. He has not done all the problems on this list but has done 4 of the Big 6 (Ameture FA, Left of Lloyds, This Sporting Life FA, Exodus)
The Big 6 (in order of stars and my opinion)
(V12/B3) The Raven
(V11) Left of Lloyds
(V12)This Sporting Life
1 left and it is the hardest, Jim Merli's "Amateur" (v12/13 in my opinion). Jim and I are headed up to Sawmill next week, should be interesting. Amateur is a horrendously sharp boulder problem revolving around a one armer off a small seem crimp to another small seem crimp that is followed by a long lock off. Jim Merli makes it look v2, I have spent 5 or 6 days trying it already but could not complete the second or third (or dead hang the position after being power spotted). It is incredibly hard, not my style, and a fantastic test for me as a climber.
Ready..set..split tips AND BITCHING!
I plan on shooting some video of the area. I believe it is the best bouldering are in the Midwest (even if it is a bit sharp). Jim and I will be snow shoeing in and shoveling on Saturday.
More info later. I am still beaming after yesterday. WOW.