Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Q'Emlin Park

For once the planets aligned and the weather cooperated and we got a nice weekend of climbing in with lots of available partners. It has been a rare occurrence lately that I hope continues for the duration of the summer. Jared drove over from the west side for a couple of graduation parties some climbing (unfortunately he dislocated his shoulder within minutes of getting into town). Despite his injury he did a little light climbing and kept us company all weekend.

Getting up Saturday and feeling nice and 'fresh' from a night of beer and nachos and staying up late BS-ing over at Jesse's we headed out to Post for some fun sport.

Andrew picked the first route, I don't remember the name, it was a couple to the north-west of Fearless Leader.
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Next I followed, I'm not sure of the route rating, maybe a 5.9, it was a fun warm up:
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Since we were right there we decided to do the route right next to it, Andrew led it, I TR'ed it because I still haven't figured out how to do the first few moves.
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Serious Concentration:
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The Petzl Nomad is one sexy rope...
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Jared attempting Fearless Leader(11c)....he decided against doing it due to his shoulder injury though. Another big thanks to him for being the belay monkey all weekend.
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I'm kind of glad Andrew was belaying, it's never fun to have someone fall (or let go intentionally in this case) and swing into you
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Andrew's rippling back muscles:
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Another example of questionable belay technique...I may have to create a whole blog post dedicated to it.
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A moment of reflection (in Jared's aviators) Jared is belaying Andrew down in upper fifth canyon:
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Some people are just attracted to shiny things, we can't help it!
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Jared on crack:
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Still more examples of questionable belay technique. I bet this made Andrew feel safe and secure while attempting a clean lead of Dolly Parton:
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Climbing; A still life:
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Jared (?) on Dolly:
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Jesse came and joined us after he got off work and he hopped on Dolly as well:
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Andrew on his nemesis, Dolly Parton:
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Something down in Lower Fifth, I really should be writting down route names!
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Stretcccchhhhh:
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And finally some nice HDR'ed Arrow Leaf Balsam Root flowers for you, see, sometimes I shoot stuff other than climbers!
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All in all, Post Falls was fun, as were the parties later that night...I'll be posting up the photos from Deep Creek the next day shortly!


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