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My First Outdoor 12d’s - Seth Rogers

 
My First Outdoor 12d’s - Seth Rogers
My First Outdoor 12d’s - Seth Rogers
My First Outdoor 12d’s - Seth Rogers
My First Outdoor 12d’s - Seth Rogers
My First Outdoor 12d’s - Seth Rogers
My First Outdoor 12d’s - Seth Rogers
 
July 21, 2014 -  Seth Rogers    
 

I finally got my first outdoor 12d and then sent another 12d soon afterwards.  The climbs were the same grade but the experiences were very different. 

 

My first outdoor 12d was The Gift at Red Rocks.  I had spent 3 days last year projecting the climb but always fell on the heartbreaker crux at the end.  (I wrote about it in my blog.)  This time, it took me a climb and a fall to remember the sequence and then I sent it on the next try.  It feels so good to finish a project!

Not long after Red Rocks, I went to the Gold Wall, near Jamestown, California with climbing buddy and 5.10 athlete Nick Bradley.  There I onsighted Golden Showers, a very endurance based 12d.  At 110 feet, it was exactly twice as high as The Gift and there were many times I thought I couldn’t make it but I did. 

These two climbs are my proudest sends outdoors because they remind me that I can push myself and climb better than I think I can.

 

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