The Sun Shines Again

Posted on 26. Mar, 2007 by in Poudre Canyon

Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA
Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA

We awoke today to the shining sun. We heard rumours of 10 inches of snow in the Poudre and our hearts sunk. A few phone calls later and the word was “Rustic is dry!” We packed the truck and bolted north. It was a pleasant 2 hour drive and soon we made it to the boulders. I was ready for another day on Circadian Rhythm.

Circadian Rhythm Boulder Problem

Conditions were fairly warm but good enough. I had figured out a very important foot switch the last day and was ready to try it out. I felt like I had a good chance to get to the last move, a giant dynamic lunge to the sloping lip. I tried a few times from the start but I seemed to consistantly mess something up, as is often the case with such hard climbing. I decided to wait a bit, take some pictures and reset.

Circadian Rhythm Boulder Problem
The first move.

Circadian Rhythm Boulder Problem
Grabbing the intermediate.

Circadian Rhythm Boulder Problem
Ready to pounce.

After the rest I felt ready to go and on my first attempt I reached out and snagged the intermediate. My hand blew off as I went for the finish, but this was certainly a breakthrough! The next three goes were even better. I grabbed the small, white hold and twice I had my hand over the lip. It was just a little much for me to hold the tension. I feel no frustration. I am motivated, full of psyche and hope. It is right there, so close, just waiting for me to step up and grab it. I cannot wait to try again.

After the session, Angela and I crossed the river and went over to the Bog. She was interested in Castaway, a crimpy, four move V11 put up by Theo Merrin a few years ago. I did the second ascent soon after. This was her third day of climbing on the problem and she did all the moves and was ready to try from the start. In one of her most impressive climbing efforts, she pulled on and fired it! It was nice to see her put it together so quickly. She really attacked the last move and I was very proud of the way she climbed. This was her 5th V11. We got some video, and as soon as I can get it edited, it will be up on the site for your viewing pleasure.

Castaway Boulder Problem
Angie Payne sends Castaway V11

Castaway Boulder Problem
Crimping hard.

Castaway Boulder Problem
Focused and determined.

3 Responses to “The Sun Shines Again”

  1. Angie's Dad

    26. Mar, 2007

    Nice pics, lot of good detail. Dang, that Angie Payne climbs hard. She must have some really good genes!

  2. chuffer

    27. Mar, 2007

    so, the rumors of snow were greatly exaggerated?

    damnit.

  3. […] Payne did her 5th V11 when she sent Castaway at Poudre […]

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