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Friday, April 22, 2011

Rock Climb: Frenchman Coulee - April 21, 2011

I clipped some bolts on Thursday at Vantage with Rick M. It was nice to get away from the constant drip of the west side - nothing but sun and blue skies at Frenchman Coulee, though it was quite breezy. We had to move throughout the day, seeking shelter from the wind. We began with a single pitch at Riverview Park, moved up to Riverview Columns for two more, then spent the remainder of our day at Kotick Memorial Wall. We walked by a couple climbers on Sunshine on the way to Kotick but had the rock to ourselves the entire day.

Routes climbed:
  • A Walk in the Park, 5.7
  • Aeolachrymation, 5.8
  • Dusk and Her Embrace, 5.10a
  • The Rod of God, 5.8
  • Falsies, 5.9
  • Well Preserved, 5.10c
  • Wild Thing, 5.10a
Kotick Memorial was the highlight: clean rock, fun climbing and relatively wind-free. The Rod of God was a juggy romp up a freestanding tower. Falsies was a pumpy 5.9 arĂȘte with positive edges. Well Preserved began on some insecure sloping holds with good feet, transitioned to pumpy incut edges and finished with a few delicate arĂȘte moves. Wild Thing was mostly cruiser moves to a few wafer thin crimps just below the anchor. Good times! :)

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