Hueco is coming up quickly!
As unseasonable as the weather has been lately, it quickly has switched into send temperatures as frost and freeze/thaw both become the dominating elements. Snagging a sunny but chilled day last week I took a day trip up to the Gunks once again, just after my friend Rocco sent his nemesis climb Vortex Yoga; a steep crimpy line with tension dependant positions.
Rocco himself has large, sausage fingers that dragged the ascent out from burns down to a coal stoked on each return to Peterskill over 11 years.
To his suprise the moves clicked and he fired it off immediately upon his latest return and put a great project to bed! Rocco must have thought it necessary to send before heading back out to gorge himself on El Toro burgers in Hueco, which would only inflate his fingers more.
Curious about the climb, and it being the last aesthetic line I hadn't tried in the area I decided to give it a go, and began sussing out the beta from the ground. Two unsuccessful attempts thwarted me from the start, but I changed my beta to a bomber heel hook for the start and dispatched 3rd go! The climb fell right into my style and contentedly topped the day off. We got on a few other lines and left as the sun set early. Matthew "Funk" Snyder is seen in a picture I took burning off the Hop, with Ptomely holding little regard to his efforts.
Since then me and Catherine have been climbing as much as possible to get ready for the mexican border. 2 days climbing outside per week and going to the gym to run the treadmill on some plastic seem to be coinciding nicely. Cat decided to snap a few pictures off as I tried a couple moves on the home wall one night, and those are included alongside pictures of Vortex Yoga.
Hopefully the next post will be me ranting about sending projects in the Texas sun!