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The Granite Gripper at Enchanted Rock - Joseph Gifford

The Granite Gripper at Enchanted Rock - Joseph Gifford
The Granite Gripper at Enchanted Rock - Joseph Gifford
October 25, 2012 - 

A competition is held at Enchanted Rock State Park, TX every year and I compete in it every year. This year was an awesome competition the volunteers and guys that put it together did a superb job. The format is different than most competitions, its three rope climbs and two boulders. The rope climbing at enchanted rock is a lot of trad climbing with cracks, slabs, and arets, it's really a different type of climbing than what I'm used to. While the bouldering is more typical with powerful moves, plenty of arets, and tiny crimps.


When the competition began Danny Aleksovski and I set out to do our top three rope climbs. Our first rope climb was definitely one of the coolest climbs I've done at Enchanted rock (George of the Jungle) it has this techy slab start from which  then  you have to slap up a slopey arret while crimping on a sidepull/ underclean thin crack for your left hand  to the top with no good feet below you. Another awesome climb was Goat cheese, a classic V8 which all it is, is a really hard slap to a sloper and then mantle to the finish, simple, but a powerful climb. But by far the best accomplishment was doing my first trad climb on a crack in a dihedral with really solid trad placements.

I was introduced to trad climbing by Sarah and Nate Moore who i had met while we were rope climbing, so they showed me the ways of trad climbing. It was a whole new experience of rock climbing, placing your own gear is a little scary at first but feels way more rewarding than leading bolted routs, and it really inspired me to get more into trad climbing because it's so much fun!  At the end of the day we ran back in fear of not making it on time to get our score cards in. But Sarah and I ended up getting 1st place in open along with a size of Texas belt buckle for winning open.


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