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Monday, March 20, 2006

Rock Climb: Smith Rock

Went to Smith Rock with Rod over the weekend where we met up with Tom and Katrina. Saturday was pretty nice - cool but with intermittent sunshine, enough to keep us warm. Nights were cold - below freezing. We began by climbing Zebra-Zion, though a with a bastardized start: Rod began by leading Light on the Path (5.10a), but to make it over to the second pitch of Zebra he had to traverse over sketchy territory to the Morning Sky (5.10c) anchors. From there we linked to Zebra (5.10a) with the Zion finish (5.9). In the afternoon we did Tammy Baker's Face (5.10c). I'd done the first 5.9 pitch before, but the second was better. We ended the day with Barbecue the Pope (5.10b). By that time the sun had clouded over and it was freakin' cold - crimping on tiny edges with frozen fingers is painful!

Sunday was overcast and cold; climbing was difficult and we spent the morning dinkin' around on smaller climbs in the Combination Blocks area. We had planned to climb White Satin and Monkey Face via the West Face but with the weather being what it was, we weren't up to it. Instead we climbed a strenuous crack (Hesitation Blues, 5.10b) and a fun arete (Tinker Toy, 5.9X). I tried Overnight Sensation (5.11a) to the right of the arete but couldn't send it. Rod, Tom and Katrina each took a turn on the Smith classic, Ring of Fire (5.11d).

Rod and I left about 3:30 pm; I was home by 10:00. Not everything went as hoped, but for the first road trip of the year, it was an enjoyable outing.

LEADING PITCH FOUR OF ZEBRA-ZION
Smith Rock, Mar 06

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