didn’t want to stop

Of course Ann & I didn’t go to Tahquitz as we planned (it was snowing there I’m sure), but Ann was eager Sunday morning to climb something. So we headed to Big Rock again in drizzling rain, hoping for the best. It turned out to be perfect there, cool with brief spots of warm bright sun. We started on Boogaloo (5.9) and stayed at the top to continue up Right Flake (5.7), a nice lieback/friction trad pitch. Ann looked strong on everything. I’ve been a little freaked out by difficult friction since my big (30+ ft) falls on the 10b at Parker Bluff. So it took some determination to rap halfway down at start a lead of Cheap Thrills (10a). That went well for me though, and Ann did it with a couple of hangs figuring out the moves. So we went down again and I started up Let It Bleed (10b/c). This is another almost entirely smearing no-hands climb, and I was thankful when my feet held through the crux. Ann did this one on her own (I thought she fell once, but she was downclimbing a bit to fix her sequence). We had agreed to meet Ann’s parents for a bike ride in the afternoon and needed to stop. This marked the first outing that ended before Ann was ready, and it took all our discipline not to fire up another route. The biking was beautiful though – you don’t get a full appreciation of Perris Lake at all from Big Rock only.

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