Ted has never led Double Cross, and Ann wants to climb it, so we make it our pre-breakfast climb of the day. On the trail to the climb, blocking our way, is a big hairy tarantula. I remember the last one we saw at Wagon Wheel – Ted poked the ground in front of it with a stick and it pounced, lightning fast. Today he steps quickly over the giant spider. I don’t feel quite so brave in my sandals, and hop up onto the rocks.
Ted leads Double Cross well, but I’m happy to see not entirely easily. I like to think that even a strong climber has some work to do on this climb. Ted is happy with my beta on the first piece of pro – the big #10 hexcentric. Ann and I both enjoy following him. I try to stay at least half in the crack all the way up, which is more work still.