Devo's Blog

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Back to business

Guiding season is over and I've decided to stay home this winter and not to do any guiding in South America. I'm returning to work at Everett Vertical World as the head instructor/route setter - it should pay the bills and provide much appreciated health insurance - can't complain 'bout that. I can tell I'm going to miss guiding tho' - I'm hoping to work for Alpine Ascents more next year, starting on Rainier in the Spring and doing a trip to Alaska - that would be fun.

Yosemite was awesome - was hard coming home to cold, gray, rainy weather. Still looking to get out and climb as the weather allows. I've posted more pictures from my trip to my Yosemite Fall '07 album. No big walls this year but I climbed at a lot of quality rock in areas I'd never been. Highlights:
  • Committment (5.9) - my first Yosemite 5.9 lead! Wicked intimidating roof.
  • Selaginella (5.8) - cool wide crack and chimney climbing as only Yosemite can do.
  • Moby Dick, Center (5.10a) - secure hand stacking on an awesome off-width splitter.
  • Nurdle (5.8) - the most excitingly exposed 5.8 I've ever led - whew!
  • Sherrie's Crack (5.10c) - wicked hard finger locks on a thin, steep crack.
  • Harry Daley (5.8) - two pitches of sweet climbing on cracks of various shapes and sizes - fun, fun, fun!
Can never get 'nuf 'o that stuff. Going back next Fall fer sure. Goals: Goodrich Pinncle, East Buttress of Middle Cathedral and maybe even a big wall on El Cap. Big dreams! ;)


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