Here in Minnesota, we are still battling a snowy spring; late April and another several inches fell overnight. But, there is hope of reaching 70 degrees by the weekend.
With the spring season continually just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about projects for the year.
Project List 2013
My number one goal for 2013 is to send Sigma, 5.12a. I’ve been on this route a handful of days over the past couple of years and was one misplaced foot from the send last fall. It is technical, sequenced, tall (for MN), and generally just a gorgeous line.
With all the snow we’ve had, I fear seepage will keep me off of it until we truly thaw out, but it remains at the top of my list.
Across the Kettle River from Sigma stands the River Boulder. This is private property and there is no guide or Mountain Project link available. The climber pictured is working on The Best V5 in Minnesota. If you watch the video link, I’ve missed the same move as the first climber on every (best) attempt so far.
Red Wing holds several undone climbs for me. Work Ethic, Chinese Freedom, Advanced Birding, and Arachnid Tendencies are all climbs that I’m a move away from sending. I’ll be taking a different mentality there this year. Climb the route to remember the moves, rest, redpoint!
I hope to put my trad rack to a bit more use this year. Bluebells, 5.9 would be a heady lead for me, but I’ve top roped it enough to be confident that I can survive. If I’m ever going to get my trad head together, this would be a good place to start.
Traveling for projects is less likely than local projects, but if the universe is to conspire on your behalf, it has to know what you want. So, if I can get there…
In the fall of 2012, I was invited to Jeff’s World, a little known crag along the border of MN and Canada. I believe we were actually at Secret Lake when we were trying for some FAs on freshly bolted routes when this happened. It ended my hard climbing for the weekend, but I bolted a 5.8 the next day. A return trip is definitely in order.
Once upon a time, I climbed in Rumney, NH. Flesh for Lulu, 5.12b, caught my eye. I took a bail biner because I don’t climb 5.12b and there it stayed on the tenth bolt where I fell over and over and over again trying to mantle on an inclined shelf to gain the eleventh bolt. One day, I’ll return and give it another run.
Is Roadside Crag open yet? The epic Ro’Shampo, 5.12a. I had one shot at this over Thanksgiving weekend a few years back. Someday, RRG, someday.
What’s on your to do list this year?
5/11/13: Sigma; redpoint
5/16/13: Advanced Birding; redpoint
6/19/13: Arachnid Tendencies; redpoint
7/5/13: Work Ethic; redpoint
7/5/13: Chinese Freedom; redpoint