Last night I spent some time at Willow River State Park, doing something that I don’t do that often, climbing with a rope.

I spent my time there working on the route “Water Music” a short(still long for me) 5.12a route, with some cool moves over a roof. With a few tries and much Beta from Zach B. I nearly got the send. Unfortunately my bouldering ways have not granted me the necessary endurance and during my send go, I found myself feeling pumped before the harder moves over the roof. I’ll definitely have to get back to Willow again soon to tackle this route.

VE Mountain Goats crush as SCS Divisional

VE Mountain Goats crush as SCS Divisional

Congrats to all the climbers that competed at last weekends SCS 2013 Divisionals at Hoosier Heights in Indianapolis, IN.  The Twin Cities VE Mountain Goats had a number of climbers qualify for the National competition, as well as first place finishes by Kyle Struthers in Male Youth-B, Kyra Condie in Female Youth-A, and Noah Ridge in Male Juniors.  Way to represent!

Fun Day at Sawmill

This Saturday I went up to Sawmill Creek Dome on the North Shore of Lake Superior for a fun day of bouldering. It was only my second time climbing in the area. My first trip to Sawmill was a somewhat miserable affair. The weather happened to be colder than expected, with snow falling sporadically throughout the day, and I, unfortunately, had neglected to pack sufficient clothing. So I froze my ass off. For this trip the weather was much warmer, but that also meant the friction was not as good. That made some of the harder climbs even more difficult, as success on these problems can greatly depend on how well your skin can adhere to the course textures of the Anorthosite rocks. It was a lot of fun though. I got on a couple of problems I hadn’t tried before such as Absolution, a tenuous V5 high ball, and The Warmup slab. This photo is me trying out a project, which Kris Johnson nabbed the supposed FA of minutes after this photo was taken.