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Jon Cardwell Takes Another Shot at Esperanza

 
Jon Cardwell Takes Another Shot at Esperanza
 
September 10, 2010 -  Jon Cardwell    
 

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!

 

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!

 

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