- Offwidth climbing
- Montagne d'Argent, Mousqutaires, Artagnan 5.10c: A super fun offwidth climb that protects with larger gear as you get higher. A #4 is sufficient but #5 would be nice.
- Val David, La Bleue, Limace 5.9: Un bel offwidth, a solid 5.9, this is a must climb! A #5 or #6 C4 would make the lead pretty chill to the horizontal traverse; I had neither. I was forced to run-it-out a little over a tipped out #4 which puts you in a potentially bad position.
After reflecting on last year's climbing it is clear that the main obstruction to my climbing is endurance. On most climbing days I did an average of maybe 4 routes last year. Since I don't usually repeat climbs (useless I'm climbing locally and I don't have a choice) I end up using a lot of energy placing gear and adhering to my no fall style of climbing. Once my physical energy drops off the unknown aspect of a new route definitely hurts my "psych" to push for one more climb. With this in mind I plan to start climbing routes again in the gym.
My goal starting in January is to build toward climbing 1000 feet at Coyote. Yes, Coyote is short and this will require about 50 routes to accomplish. These are my rules for completing the challenge:
- Repeating routes is ok (this saves on time),
- At least 10 routes should be 5.10 or harder,
- 5.6 is the minimum grade; and
- complete by June 1st.