There’s just not that much to report this week, since it’s another super busy work week, so I’m going to just give you a quick climbing update then go back to work… or maybe sleep… yeah… sleep sounds like a good idea.
I’ve been having fun in the gym, loosely in preparation for my next Red Rock trip in March.
My endurance workout has always been to get in 20 pitches in a gym session, but Friday night I did that without much trouble, so I’m going to have to step it up. I climbed hard tonight, working one project most of the night after a long, slow warm up… and now have to decide whether to try it again on Wednesday or whether to wait another day and do just endurance on Wednesday. We’ll see. It may depend on the routesetter, who plans to take my project down. I may have had my best go today… finally made it through the crux once, but then blew it on the easy finish. I’m happy with the work, either way.
I started, but didn’t finish, a redesign of the blog this weekend… I don’t know when I’ll get a chance to work on it again, but hopefully it at least loads a tiny bit faster now, and I’ll be working on speeding it up more.
In other news, I took a peek at Warehouse Rock Gym in Olympia this weekend during a quick Sunday Olympia field trip… the place looked cool. It reminds me of the Everett Vertical World, a bit… routes looked good, the size looked adequate to get in good training, they’ve got a great campus setup, and the people were INSTANTLY friendly. I didn’t get a chance to climb — so I look forward to getting back there when I can.
In shameless commercialism news, I’m still having trouble with my new BD harness, so it’s shelved in favor of my old BD harness for a bit. I picked up a new pair of Scarpa at the
REI Winter Clearance for a steal (thanks to Climbing Partner’s sharp eye)… they’re not listed on the website, so it must be a bargain basement thing. If you’re near their retail locations and can check them out before the sale’s over, they had 5.10 mens’ models and Scarpa womens’ models for cheap (mine were $29, his were $30-something I think). After sending off a box of shoes for resoling this weekend and swallowing hard when I wrote the check, I decided if I find shoes for less than the price of a resole, it’s worth picking them up even if I’m not in the shoe market right that moment.
I’m also in the market for a haul bag, so please share your thoughts. I’m looking at the 2000-ish cubic inch / 35-ish liter bags. Most of my climbing partners use the Black Diamond Haul Bags, but I’m seeing a lot of favorable reviews of the Metolius Haul Bags, so we’ll see. I’m going to keep reading reviews, and look forward to your comments on both. It’s not as much for hauling, as for checking (as in, when flying) since I’m super concerned about checking my climbing pack.
Last… Patagonia’s winterfest sale is now on. Link is below. I’m not even looking… I just seriously can’t. Bummer, since I still am in the market for a sweet new puffy…
That’s it for now. What’s up with you?
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