Wagon Wheel

Ann and I have been cooped up in the house too much, being sick. So we go out to wagon wheel today, in beautiful weather, for a little gentle walking. And we bring the crashpad and shoes just in case. Well, we park at the Little Loaf and start right off doing a bunch of problems on it. I even do a reasonably hard one on the west end, and Ann gets easily up one she’s often struggled with. Then we do walk a little, checking out some of the tall boulders to the north. Among them is a nice sunny, smaller boulder where Ann proposes taking a break in the sun. I throw down the pad and start working on a promising looking problem there. It turns out to be a GREAT problem! I have to work for each new hold, revise my sequence, change the balance, then ding! get to the next move. Every move a good one. I don’t get all the way up, but work out mabe four moves of the sequence. I’m stoked and don’t want to stop, but my tender fingers are getting weak and bleeding. So we walk back to the car and exit through the scads of weekend motorcycles and RVs. I must go back!

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5 thoughts on “Wagon Wheel

  1. or bouldering.
    so, HOW DARE YOU talk this problem up and NOT take a pic… or maybe you DID and you didn’t post it. POST IT!

    viano.. sheesh.. i hope he comes back. i wanna boulder with. there are parts of me that want him to exceed my expectations rvd’s as well. then there are parts of me that want him to be only slightly better than me.. say there are 4 probs. i can do 1, he can do 3, but not the 1 i can do.

    he’s in my dreams, my nightmares. he’s the flying dutchman’s ship of boulderers.

    BTW,
    the “scads” of vehicles… were there more than a typical weekend? New Year’s was INSANE out there, though i found some peace.

    but i was ~near WW, but could not see it. i was with my dad. we were out in the raid hills shooting. HE even heard the dirtbike noise and asked “Is there a motorcycle track over there?”.. this, a nearly 70 year old man with poor hearing.
    so…… what was it like? was there a race or something?

    BIG PARTAY THE FOLLOWING WEEKEND ON SATURDAY NIGHT. DON’T MISS IT. IT’S AT THE MANOR. BLING. BLING. TONS OF FIREWOOD, A COUCH, FIRECRACKERS, FOOD, ETC.. ETC.. SHOULD BE NUTTY WILD GOOD TIME FUN. you may even get a free T-Shirt! courtesy of eagle rafting (at http://www.eaglerafting.com )

  2. I didn’t have the camera, as I had a very mellow session in mind. It’s one of those problems you don’t see the beauty of until you’re on it anyway. A fine vertical seam provides a couple of sidepulls and toe-holds, next to a finely textured face. Rock quality is primo on most of the problem – at the top the angle breaks and there may be choss. I think the problem will end with a latch onto a chickenhead. Difficulty-wise it seemed comparable to The Flake, but I haven’t been out in a while so not positive.

    Vaino is gonna whip ya on everything when he comes, period. Don’t even start fantasizing about doing something he can’t do.

    There was a race, or at least a route marked. Maybe 100 RVs.

    Joe emailed me about the parT. If we’re in town we’ll be there.

  3. yes yes.. viano. i realize that.
    maybe i can do a route that vaino couldnt’ onsite? seems ridiculous to even suggest, but…

    i was with ranny on some “FA’s” the other day. i kept breaking pieces of choss off and [i]complimenting ranny on what a fine route he had ‘discovered'[/i].
    he was like “I didn’t break any off! What is your problem? blah blah blah”
    i mean.. i don’t really make a note of what OTHER people break off (unless it was an actual HOLD).. but i was incredulous at this point.
    he got on it immediately after me and was busting everything off. i made a point of pointing the first 30 or so pieces of choss he broke off. he kept his yap shut after that.

    i mean, to even say something that ridiculous and stupid “I never saw Vaino break a piece of rock off” is just .. i dunno. it makes me wonder about vaino.

    OKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY. that’s a lot of vehicles! WW is getting pounded!! it really pisses me off that a LOT of desert is getting shutdown (in the name of “preservation”) and the riders are getting concetrated in smaller and smaller places, thus increasing the impact in ONE AREA. that’s 2 weekends in a row that WW has been flogged. this weekend? BELIEVE IT. it’ll be full up again! ugh..

    the party… should be cool.

    viano… he’ll be back. i can feel it. he’ll be back.

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