Rocklands Day 8, 9, 10

Rocklands Day 8, 9, 10

Posted on 04. Aug, 2009 by in News

I was hoping to do a post about every day we climbed, however the next tree days work better as one post. The 8th day was a much needed rest day. I had climbed 6 of 7 days and I was starting to feel things catching up with me. I laid on my crashpad, read my books and soaked up the sun in the morning. The sun was much less intense in Africa, being at such a low elevation. In the afternoon, I scoped out a new sector while Chuck filmed some nature for an upcoming film, but I didn’t see anything worth going back to.
IMG_6738Grasshopper I saw on my hike.
That evening Finnish climbers Nalle Hukkataival, one of the best boulderers in the world, along with his friend Mikko, joined us at the Eharn house.

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View of Pakuis Pass from The Fortress

I was impatient on the 9th day and although I didn’t feel fully recovered we went back to The Fortress and I made no progress on The Vice V13. Chuck put the camera down and crushed a direct finish to The Vice called The Vice President V13 that Fred had added a while back. For myself, I always find it challenging to sync up the natural cycles of my body on a road trip. The older I get, the more prevalent they become. I was so tired that I struggled to do the moves on a V10 called Stretched and Pressed. Kevin made very quick work of this awesome three star roof and it was inspiring watching Nalle flash it.
IMG_6757Stretched and Pressed, V10 flash, Nalle
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IMG_6763Nalle tip-toes his way up the dicey finish.

The 10th day should have been a rest day but sometimes it is so hard to say no to such amazing boulders. I was tired and my skin was wrecked. I briefly tried the Leopard Cave V12 but it seemed confusing and motivation was low. The group seemed more psyched on talking than climbing, and that was fine by me. I did manage to fall off the last move of a classic arete at Roadside called Nutsa V12 and it certainly felt like something I could come back to. Less than halfway through the trip, that was a nice feeling.

IMG_6672This cart would take supplies down a two-track road to a small town from Pakhuis Pass.

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