Sunday I went to the Hallett Boulder to shoot some pictures for the guidebook. I didn’t have any intention of climbing, but when some friends Will and Dan showed up, I was psyched to pull on a bit. The weather was cool and breezy up high.
The North Face of Hallett Peak, with the Hallett Boulder in the foreground.
The Hallett Boulder, elevation approximately 10,800ft.
In 2005, I had climbed Stranger in a Strange Land from a move in, and when I found out I had started incorrectly, I took it off of my scorecard. I have been feeling quite motivated lately and I thought maybe I could climb it again from the proper start. It took a couple of tries to figure out the kneebar, but I did and could do it every time. A very unique starting position and a great chance to learn a new move. I “reclimbed” it in a few goes from the start, and it felt great to climb such an awesome problem in a stunning setting. Far more impressive, however, was Alex Puccio. She flashed Fireball V10 with ease.
Alex Puccio flashes Fireball V10
This is one of the first V10 flashes for a girl. I am not sure of others but regardless a great effort. She climbed very well on Stranger as well, and I imagine she could do that on her next visit. Will then sent his project, Fireball, in very good style. Chris Webb-Parsons was there as well, and after flashing Fireball himself (after watching Puccio climb he made the comment, “I need to woman up!”). He definitely stepped up, and made a very impressive flash of Stranger in a Strange Land. It was a great day in the mountains, again. This is a fabulous time of year to be a boulderer and I am thankful for the good times.