Red River Gorge (November 9-12, Veteran's Day)
After two two-hour flights and a two-hour drive we were finally back in Kentucky. The psych was high and I was ready to get to work! I had less than 4 days to climb, so the next morning we were up at 7:00 am... on a weekend (I know, crazy right?) to go climbing at the Bob Marley crag.
I had decided that for this trip I was going to get out of my comfort zone, and try some really hard climbs, just to see how I would do... So, after two quick 5.12 warm-ups I got on Fifty Words for Pump 8c+ (5.14c). This climb breaks down into three sections. The first part is 4 bolts of powerful-dynamic climbing on pretty good holds, the second part are the hardest moves on the route. It is a 7C (V9) boulder into a good rest before heading into the third part which is about 5 or 6 bolts of crazy pumpy 8b (5.13d) before reaching a potential heart breaker finish move right at the top. In simpler terms it's a long hard boulder into an even harder boulder into a good ol' Kentucky pumpfest.