Aid climbing involves cycles of physically challenging activity and waiting periods. It is these waiting periods, coupled with a 2000 foot drop that make the mind do strange things. To pass the time, I started to name all my climbing gear. We are using two identical haul bags, so I named them after my two identical black labs, Cooper and Ned. Just like Ned, one is worn down and old, while the other is relatively new. My carabiner is William, and my belay device is Pat, short for Un-PATented. As for the climbing, today involved some tough, technical terrain involving swinging, traversing and zigzagging. We started at 6am and did the King Swing as well as the traverse under the Great Roof. Another 8 pitches down and 7 to go! Sorry pictures may not upload—service is almost nonexistent. 

A little tired and a little nervous at Camp V

A little tired and a little nervous at Camp V


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