I join Kate, Mark, and Sean at Buttonrock for the mostly blissfully warm and sunny climbing day so far this season. A day out that is warm and sunny all day long. BLISS. My routes:
Green Slab 5.9+ I try to warm up on this, and take a pretty good fall! A reminder that the sequence is very important on this fun route.
The Buick 5.10a I don’t see any reason not to TR this fun, pumpy little route from Green Slab anchors. I lieback, later Mark beautifully jams up it.
Unknown Face 5.10c I’ve been wanting to take a shot at this route since my first trip here. The opening moves take a couple of tries, very delicate. Then it gets quite pumpy, and by the third bolt I’m gassed, and hang. I have to work out the moves just so to make the next clip, and hang again. This would be a good workout route for me.
Civic Duty 5.8 I actually climb the face just right of this on the toprope that Mark left. There are some fun moves here.
Beamer Up Scotty 5.8? This is a nice looking overhanging wide hand crack left the Unknown Face. Mark does a nice onsight lead of it, and I find I can’t even follow it! It feels much harder than 5.8, but quite fun.
Introducing Meteor Dad 5.10d We move to the River Wall, where I encourage Mark to take a shot at this route, because I’m sure he’ll love. He flashes it happily, and I’m more than happy to clean it up. Great route.
2 responses to “Buttonrock Climbing”
Yes indeed, it was a very good day. I’m glad you convinced me to do that final climb. It was super-fun and I’d only call it a 5.10b as long as you can mantle into a hand-foot match.
Today, (two days later) everything hurts, but I’m still pleased as peach. Speaking of peaches, I got a rosey sunburn through that peachfuzz on the top of my head I call hair. Very very good day.
My skin felt a little toasty too, but thankfully not a real burn.
I have a hard time rating a mantle like that – they always feel so sketchy. Glad you like it!