As we all know, life can "get in the way" of true happiness. I invite you to follow my posts as I try to reconnect with nature as often as life allows. Then,
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Monday, April 30, 2012

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Climbing Trip


Friday after Colin's T-Ball game Andy and Drew picked me up and we headed down to HCR.  Jeff, Debbie, and their friend Sam we asleep when we got there so we went right to bed to get rested for Saturday climbing.

Saturday morning we headed up to The North Forty after breakfast at The Ozark Cafe.  Bob and I focused on leading / cleaning easy to moderate routes for Drew as he was just starting out.  This was fine by me as it gave me a chance to climb some of the more obscure routes that we never seem to get to because they are not "3-4 stars."  I attempted to lead my first 5.9, Local Hebrew, but had to work through it.  The highlight of the day for me was climbing a trad route, Flashbacks, with Bob.  I cleaned the gear and would have then lead it but we needed to go find the group.  After a good day of climbing and a good dinner we all headed back up the hill to climb Cotton Candy with our headlamps.  Some preparation for 24HHH which Andy and Jeff were planning on doing this year!

Summer Rain (5.6) | Local Hebrew (5.9-) - A, L, 1 | Emma's Got a Mullet (5.6) | Cows in the Mist (5.7) - L | Flashbacks (5.7) - 2 | Caught in the Closet Again (5.7) | Brand New (5.8) | Too Short for the Short Bus (5.9) | Cotton Candy (5.6) - 3

Sunday we started on the very first route on the West Side, Hickadelic Jazzgrass.  It was a fun route with a couple tricky moves.  Next, we went over to Gimp and Wheezer, the rout Andy and Bob had climbed on my first trip.  It was no longer above my abilities and I got my first 5.10a outdoors!  Next we headed over to the East side so Drew could do some stuff on the Cliffs of Insanity.  He was too worn out so we headed to The Roman Wall and Andy, Jeff, and Sam climbed Commodus.  I opted to lead the easier Aphrodite.  We didn't get out of there until late and with a dinner stop in Springfield we got home late.  It was a good weekend of climbing though and I can't wait until fall!

Hickadelic Jazzgrass (5.8) | Gimp and Wheezer (5.10a) | Little Sprout (5.6) | Aphrodite (5.7+) - L

[A = Attempted | L = Lead | # = Note]

1. Four takes.
2. My first trad route.  Followed and cleaned.
3. At night, after dinner.

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