The last couple weeks I've been bouncing around some St. George and Vegas areas with numerous climbing partners. I've never gone on a climbing trip alone before and usually have much more specific goals but I basically haven't had any idea where or with who I'd be climbing recently until the day before. It's turned out amazing since there are tons of people psyched on getting out and everyday my skin could handle it I've been at the VRG, Cathedral, Moe's, Krafts, Mt. Potosi, or Black Velvet.
Part of the trip will be in a short Five Ten video by 3 Strings Media soon so I won't write about those events but a few other recent days that won't be in the video are several volume days at the Kraft's, a really fun day in Black Velvet with Paul Nadler, watching Alex Johnson hike Lethal Design (V12), and a surprise send of Golden Direct (14c).
The majority of my climbing days recently have been spent in the Kraft wash. With a fun crew, I've mostly been focused on doing as many moderates and classics as possible. I'll save the spray but these days have been going very well in terms of trying to flash boulders and build some confidence on harder moves...and getting made fun of when I try to do them like a route climber and flail.
One day while wandering through the Kraft's I walked up to the Americana area to see Alex Johnson starting to climb out of a hole at the base of a huge boulder. It looked like she was warming up but I grabbed my camera and snapped a couple photos as she walked a long crimpy line. After a scary top out, I asked what she had just climbed and made look like V4...Lethal Design (V12).
Here's a short video of a flash attempt I gave after Alex gave me the rundown.