Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Posted by GM Burns at 10:08 AM
I hadn't had much outdoor mileage in 2010, but I felt as if our plan was a good one. Wild Turkeys would give us a good day of fun climbing our first day on the rock together since last year. It would be long and pushing my limit with sustained pitches all the way to the top, but it would be climbing and not resting; Friday was meant to be a fun one. Then Frogland would give us a rest day on Saturday. I'm not convinced that "Jello" wanted a short day - he has goals of doing long, hard routes and wants to get in several consecutive long days to build endurance - but I knew I was going to need one. I've got ten years of life experience under my belt, and that means he's got ten years of freshness in his legs that hasn't been taken away from him. When I was his age I played hard all the time, never resting because there was no need to. Rest was something I did when I was sick. But now, I've learned that the goal is to get to the finish. Pacing is how I get there. I have to be smart like that, and besides, Frogland would offer us our best chance to scope out the descent from Epi, which we had both heard and read was part of the crux of the route.
- Nice job.
- Why? I was totally sketched on that. It should have been much easier for me. Man this is going to be a long day if I'm struggling on 5.7.
- What are you talking about? That first pitch was nine.