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Spring Season Is In! - Brad Weaver

Spring Season Is In! - Brad Weaver
April 03, 2013 - 

Spring climbing season has arrived in the Southeast.  After a long winter of bouldering I'm back on a rope and ready to make my routine trips to the Red River Gorge.  I've already been able to make it up to the Red a couple of times now and I couldn't be more psyched!  I always forget how good climbing at the Red is and it’s always a bit of a shock at how much fun I have there.  Even a 'bad' weekend is still a success.

I've been busy in the gym trying to gain some much-needed endurance after being ropeless for the better part of 4 months. Luckily I take pretty well to endurance climbing and it only takes a week or two to get back to where I left off.  I snuck out of ATL the past two weekends in order to enjoy the good weather that graced the Red.

First on the agenda was to check out an amazing route on the Gold Coast wall called 24 Karats, 5.14c.  I had climbed on this route when it was still a project a couple of years ago and remembered that it climbed really well and that it was quite difficult.  My memory served me correctly.  The route is incredible.  24 Karats is made up of perfectly sculpted scoops and pockets with long, powerful moves in between holds.  After a bit of intro climbing, you leave a jug break and have to complete 22 moves of intense power endurance climbing with no rests in order to reach the anchors.  While it might not sound too difficult, the fact that you have no pit stops makes for a good challenge.

My first couple of attempts on the route went as expected.  I was able to learn the moves quickly but was unable to put them all together before having to head back to Atlanta.  I made the trip back up last weekend and was able to put the route down on my 2nd try of the day!  I'm super psyched to put this one to rest!  For anybody who's looking for nice, sustained climbing on edges and scoops I would highly suggest going to the Gold Coast.  You will find what you are looking for! Such an amazing wall!

Next on the list for me was a route at the Chocolate Factory called Pure Imagination, 5.14c.  After completing its neighbor last fall called The Golden Ticket, I knew I had to return to try my hand at this endurance test piece.  What did I find out?  It is HARD!  So many moves on little holds.  I once found this style of climbing to fit me quite nicely.  Now, however, it is so difficult.  This one will really be a test for me and I'm psyched to get back to it this weekend! Hopefully I can make some decent links and start to piece it together. We will see!


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