Microventures: Part I
Micro Adventures. Small adventures that take place exploring the world in short proximity to your home. For the stories that are too short to write a whole blog post about I’m going to post my “Microventures” below.
Tower Rock Revenge Tour - 8/2019
Went on a Tower Rock revenge tour today. The last time the three of my buddies and I went to tower rock we got shut down on every climb we tried. This time it was about redemption, and about sending all of these routes clean. Up first was arachnid. I cruised the laser cut hands section down low. Worked my way easily across the roof and got my feet up to the ledge before the committing moves. I got up to the wide spot again, and just wasn’t 100% with my gear, and didn’t think it was worth taking a possible huge swing into the other wall. So, I got shut down and down climbed the whole thing. Again.. 0/1. Next up, Africa. I had the sequence dialed. Pulled through the crux no problem, higher up I was feeling good. My weight was a little right though, and I said hell naw. I was reeling my body back in when my hands slipped out of the crack and I fell on my #2, 3’ from the anchors. I couldn’t let that be my try, so I pulled the rope and tried again. Attempt #2. Cruised up to the crux, pulled the crux with ease, and headed up. My hands were in the wrong sequence and I realized it. I was in the middle of making the switch when my hands popped out faster than I could think and I took a 10-15 foot fall onto my #1 cam. 0/2. Next up Caver’s route. My partner took the lead first and headed up into the crack. That’s up to the start of pitch 3. Pitch 3 goes through a hole you need to squeeze through and I almost didn’t fit. We managed to make it up the next two chimneys and topped out. 1/3. Took a swim in the Red river before heading home with thoughts of drier, less humid weather on the horizon.