Today there are some high clouds, so we optimistically head to the sunny Cactus Cliff area. Lisa & Dave go with some of their friends to the tougher Gem Wall, and we head for Cactus to see what we can hit before it gets too hot.
Crynoid Corner, 5.7. Ann leads this again, and I follow. Such a nice dihedral.
Banana Split, 5.10a. I lead this strange half-crack, half-face route. It puts you to some interesting decisions – I’m happy to have done it cleanly. Ann works hard on it on toprope, and makes it up with a few hangs, feeling good about it.
Hey Pueblo Gringo, got a hanger?, 5.10d. A short, fun, 4-bolt route. The crux throws me once.
The sun is on us now, so we wander over to Gem to find the Lisa & Dave, and I’m tempted into one more…
Unknown twisted crack, 5.10a. I forgot to ask the name of this one, but it made a really nice final lead. A hand crack pushes you from one face to the other as it twists through a bulge. My favorite route of the trip, no falls.