March 5th 2012
Well, I recently bought a hammer and some pins, so I decided to head to the Quarry with Lea to practice some safe hard aid. I got the idea from Wes Goulding when I saw his trip report - knowing that it truly wasn't A3 as it was protectable by bolts gave me the warm and fuzziez. The aid was safe and not very tricky and but I was able to get in some pins! One popped on Lea though - gotta work on placements. We climbed Stay of Execution which is really probably A2 with bolts to protect the moves. Although I got some sick hook moves on pitch 4! It was pretty easy and safe with all the bolts, but without them, I would Sh#$t my pants.
|Stay of Execution 5.8 PG A3?|
|Cleaning Pitch 2|
Pitch 4: Some fun hooking action. I had bolts right at my knees, but I was still a little spooked. The one on the left was really just hooking on friction and the one on the right is only 50% contact.
Overall it was a great experience. We only brought a liter of water and no food, so it was good training for being dehydrated and hungry while climbing. Gotta head out some more and get used to hooking and hammering!