Sometime around last month a trip to Red Rocks in Las Vegas was being planned. Red Rocks is literally, red sandstone, with nice moderate routes ranging from 5.9 to 5.13c (8a+). With rope season starting up, I thought it would be a good opportunity to go try to on-sight and flash as many routes as I could. So, just last week we all set out on the nine-hour trip to Nevada
Red Rocks - Nick Bradley
The first time we parked at the site and looked down at the vast amount of perfect red sandstone, we knew it was going to be a good trip. Of course since it was the first day, we decided to go to the most popular, classic area known as The Gallery, which hold the classic of the area, The Gift 7c. The Gift used to be known for being the softest of the grade, and for how many young kids of age nine have redpointed it. However, after extreme wear and breakage, the holds have gotten worse and the moves harder, making it deserve the grade 7c. Anyway, we warmed up and I continued my goal by on-sighting a 7b and others, and finally got on The Gift. I knew there was a heart-breaker crux at the very last bolt, and knew I had to be fresh. I got on, trying to be oblivious of the 80 degree sun baking on my back, and got up to the crux. I rested on some crimps, and executed the sequence. A proud flash because of how classic it is.
Sadly, the next day took a turn for the worse. It began all well, considering more on-sights of 7b and 7c. I was just beginning to get on the harder routes, but the harder routes were painfully fingery climbs on overhang. I got on just a 7c+, and at the third clip i hit a hard move to a crimp, cut my feet, and continued up the route. Once I lowered down and took a rest, I felt a horrible pain in my right middle finger. That was it, I was done for the rest of the trip. I'm not sure how long I'll be out, but I'm hoping at most a month, because SCS Regionals is coming up soon. It was a good trip, just a bummer that I came home having to deal with another injury.
I also not too long ago took a trip to Jailhouse were I tried my very first 8b+, and nearly sent second try. Guess it will have to wait for later.