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The Limestoner Competition - Joseph Gifford

The Limestoner Competition - Joseph Gifford
April 19, 2012 - 

Every year in Austin there is an outdoor climbing competition at Riemers Ranch and I compete almost every time. This year was fun even though the heat got up to about 90 degrees and humid. So on a Saturday morning I drove to Riemers Ranch for the comp and met up with my climbing partner Will Butcher. The comp began and we started climbing to get our five climbs in. First we warmed up on a 12a called liposuction which is a really cool line with sick stalactites all the way up the climb. Next we got on a 13b right next to Lipo called lucky strikes, its only about a 20 foot climb but it’s got some hard boulder like moves throughout the entire climb. I got on it and sent first try which was a good way to start out the day. Will got on it next and sent in a couple of goes. Next we hiked up to house of pain(13a) this climb is a classic at Riemers Ranch and I absolutely love it and I’ve done it many times, so I got on it and sent it first try even though the starting pockets were a bit wet. Right next to House of Pain is Irreverent Youth (my project that is always wet) so I tried to see if I could dry off some of the holds and do it but I slipped right off the wall. Next was super cruiser (13b) which is another classic it took me a couple of tries but I got it after my third try. By the time I was done with super cruiser I was really tired so I hoped on an easy twelve to finish my five climbs. At the end of the day I got first place and my partner Will got second. All the people running the comp did an excellent job and I had a great time.


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