Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The New

The Coliseum, Summersville Lake

Day 4: After 3 days of climbing at the Red, we took a rest day and drove to the New River Gorge, near Fayetteville, West Virginia. Here, we met up with Adam, John, and Sarah who drove down from Boston for the 4th of July. The showers at Roger's* were broken, so as any climbing bums would do...we went swimming. Summersville Lake is awesome and looks something like this:
*Roger's is another institution, well-known by most climbers who frequent the American South.

Day 5: Endless Wall
Honeymooner's Ladders:
Double Flat [5.9]
Snake Buttress:
Discombobulated [.10d/.11a]
(others in our party also did Legacy [.11a] and Baby Rage [.12a] at Kline Wall)
The Cirque:
Graffiti [.12a/b - tr]

Day 6: Sumersville
Perot Wall:
Talk About It [.10b]
Trigger Happy [.10a]
Narcissus Cave:
Narcissus [.12a - tr]
Reckless Abandon [.12b/c - tr x 2...but I really think I could send this with another day's work...]

Adam belaying Matt on Narcissus.

Adam on Narcissus.

Matt at the bottom of Reckless Abandon.

Day 7: Kaymoore [Butcher's Branch]
Springer [.10b]
Mo' Betta' Holds [.11 c/d - tr] This climb is awesome and has a 12' horizontal roof.
Kaos [.12c....ha....I tried to climb this and it was a disaster; it was also our 6th day of climbing...]

Unfortunately, the trip ended in an epic downpour that began the afternoon of the 4th and lasted through the night and the following morning. I say unfortunately, because this meant a very wet night of camping for all of us (which is never that much fun.) But all in all the trip was fantastic.

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