It's been a busy month down in Southern California. I was fortunate enough to make it out to both Joshua Tree and Bishop this past month (along with a couple other crags). With it being my first time rock scaling at J-tree, it seems like everyone I talked to warned that I'll be shredding my tips. True to their word, it was easily one of the most abrasive areas I've been to in a long while. Regardless, the crew and I still had a full day of pulling. I was blown away by the aesthetic beauty of the area as well as the classic style of climbing.
It was great to be standing on what at first appears to be a blank face, slowly working upward with only micro-smears and palms. Climbing on problems requiring that sort of balance and finesse was a nice change of pace compared to the usual "lock-off and throw." Though I didn't find the boulders themselves to be very inspiring I am looking forward to getting on some of the trad and multi-pitch, in addition to more of the classic problems, next time out.
Bishop was, as expected, phenomenal. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that after 12+ years of climbing this is only my second time out to
this amazing area. We spent two days running through 4 star problems at the Happy boulders. The movement and texture of the rock definitely felt reminiscent of my home crag, Smith Rock (OR). I also got my first look at the V14 test-piece "Goldfish Trombone." I was surprised the moves seemed reasonable, even despite the smeary feet. I'm excited to put in some time building my pinch strength in hopes of getting a few convincing burns on the next trip. Unsurprisingly, I can't wait until I can get back up to Bishop and the never-ending fields of quality rock.
Hope all's well at the home base!