Recently, I got to get outside and climb at LRC for the first time this year. I went with the climbing club and acted as a guide with two other officers for some new climbers who who had recently joined the club. For many of them it was their first time outside, so it was really exciting showing them around and seeing them experience the challenges and thrills of climbing outside for the first time.
Weekend at LRC - Francesca Metcalf
I spent the majority of the day showing the club members around and finding climbs that they would enjoy. We had some more experienced climbers with us, so I got to get on some new v6, as well as Dragon Lady, a fun and kind of weird V4 that I really enjoyed playing on, but the highlight of the day for me was getting on Bed Wetters. The climb starts at the back of a cave around the corner from some easier climbs that most of the group was working on. It got its name from a mattress frame still found next to the climb that was the renowned bathroom spot for the boulder field, but even if there wasn't a mattress next to the climb, the name would still be relevant because of its high ball crux. The climb starts with a pumpy, overhung roof traverse that goes into a series of hard moves with a lot of crimps and tension. The last few moves are by far the hardest, and it doesn't make it any easier that they are under some large, pointy boulders. It's an awesome climb with some really interesting and fun movement that I will definitely get on again. I think I've found a new project!
Afterwards, we all went to Cracker Barrel, an after climbing tradition for the club. It seemed like everyone had a great day climbing and making some cool new friends. Since then, I've been trying to train and get mentally prepared for ABS Nationals which is coming up in Colorado Springs in just a few weeks. I'm really excited to go and see all of the familiar faces of USAC again and see how my climbing compares to my previous performances. As always, it should be a great comp; I can't wait!