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Back to Basics at HP40 - Francesca Metcalf

Back to Basics at HP40 - Francesca Metcalf
November 22, 2011 - 

The third Triple Crown, held at Horse Pens 40, was a great finale to a great circuit this year. The weather, which many were complaining was too hot, was perfect in my opinion, and I was psyched to crush some awesome problems.


I was there with my boyfriend, Trevor, who is new to the sport, but a pro at motivating and spotting. It was only his second time climbing outside, but he’s starting to realize what all the fuss is about. He got his first real V1 while we were there, which I thought was pretty impressive for HP40, even though he is climbing V3s in the gym. I started the day out with a competition mind set. I went around and did a few hard problems I was excited about to fill up my scorecard. I had a slow start, but soon enough, I had three 8s on my card. Trevor hadn’t been able to climb much all day, so I took some time off to give him a chance to get on some classic V0s. Of course, I couldn’t just stand there and watch him climb though. We ended up spending quite a bit of time going around and climbing all of the V0s and V1s we could find. I had really forgotten how much fun those simple problems were. When I warm up, I usually skip V0s all together and speed up a V1, so it had been while since I took the time to just enjoy them. Soon enough, it was the end of the day, and I only had four problems on my card. I tried to scramble to get some moderate climbs, but my hands were raw and my muscles ached. I ended up handing in my card as it was, but I couldn’t really be disappointed. I had sent some hard climbs, introduced someone to the best sport in the entire world, and had a great time. What more could you ask for?

Photo credit: Cameron Cassan

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