I went to Serre De Piedade yesterday to have another shot at the 'esperanza' project. The one I blogged about a couple weeks ago. The day was surreal- the winds were ferocious and the clouds were thick which gave the whole area an ire/ghostly feeling... I started trying the project which still felt impossible- closer but always very hard...maybe I can't finish this before I leave, I thought... Then, after taking a break and studying the rock I tried something different- to start with my feet in the opposite direction. Immediately it worked and within the hour we stuck the first move! finally!
Jon Cardwell Takes Another Shot at Esperanza
The move that took me 3 days to figure out. The sequence left us confused about the rest of the problem since the position was now completely different. After about an hour and half I sorted out all the moves and I knew the problem was possible- with 4 days left in Brazil, I knew it was time.
I gave one shot from the start and fell at the last move- too pumped and the skin was thin. I took a long break, walked around in the monastery (which is actually built into the rock and boulders!) I observed the crazy weather and reviewed my whole trip here in Brazil. I felt completely content with everything and thankful that I've had the opportunity to meet so many new people and see these amazing places.
Everyone has been so nice and inviting. I decided it was my turn to give something back. I chalked up my hands, headed back to the roof, and pulled on. Within a few moments I topped out the boulder. House in the Sky was born, probably one of my finest and most difficult first ascents to date!