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Black Canyon; Tague Yer Time 5/8/11 4:52 PM
Keith prepares to jump for the exit jug on a short bit of 12- climbing.
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this photo is dizziness-inspiring
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Black Canyon; Tague Yer Time 5/8/11 4:52 PM
The price we pay for fun! Needless to day, I wanted to take a day off and not crimp anything smaller than a steering wheel. Keith was amenable.
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And to think that I put myself through school working as a hand model. You can't go back, I guess.
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Black Canyon; Tague Yer Time 5/8/11 4:52 PM
This party is doing a pitch called, "The Womb Fight," which is described as "The hardest 5.7 in the world." It involves crawling along this dirty crack (which one can imagine smells of belly sweat by this time) for sixty feet or so with the whole wall beneath you.
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I love the name--it's such a vivid invocation. But it's a true 5.7 and not that bad.
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Black Canyon; Tague Yer Time 5/8/11 4:52 PM
The amazingly strong Keith hammering out the first pitch, a difficult 5.11. How, you may ask, can Josh safely take action shots such as this? I clip a little point and shoot to my harness and randomly point it at the sky and fire off shots without ever (ever-ever-ever-ever, boys and girls) taking my brake hand off the rope.
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I figured you were using a gri-gri :-)
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Here's a random shot of Mandy at our local crack climbing playground from several weeks earlier.
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Hooray for randomness
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Black Canyon; Tague Yer Time 5/8/11 4:52 PM
...and one of the most intimidating. For me, dropping down into the bottom of this canyon and climbing my way out sounds like an exciting adventure from a distance, but standing on the rim always makes me a bit nervous. Keith is a hard charger and didn't seem a bit phased, even though this was his first trip here. Nothing like jumping in on the deep end.
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I'm glad Gabriela has provided a new hardcore boyfriend for you to climb with! :)
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Black Canyon; Tague Yer Time 5/8/11 4:52 PM
Here we're 100 feet shy of the summit, just as the sun is setting. Perfect timing! A fantastic and exhausting day, all told, with very hard climbing on almost every pitch from the start to just below the rim. I didn't think going into it that I'd be able to onsight a route of this grade, and getting up it at all felt like an accomplishment.
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No doubt. Well done you two. That sounds like an extremely difficult route and have much appreciation for you guys rapping into that canyon to give it a go. I can't even imagine 5.12 Black Canyon climbing--the 5.10 kicks my ass.
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Black Canyon; Tague Yer Time 5/8/11 4:52 PM
This is looking down from a little past half way up the route. This is one of two pitches the topo just called, "5.12." Both Keith and I thought that this one was more like 5.12+. It was incredibly difficult thin climbing protected by small brass nuts and tiny cams. I made no attempt to free it, gleefully grabbing gear and slings. We decided that if this single pitch was moved to White Rock, we might be able to get it clean with a year or so of practice, but that an onsight was out of the question.
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Damn
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