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bill413


Jul 6, 2009, 4:21 PM
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24 hours later and I'm still pleased with this.

On Sunday we went to a cliff face that I hadn't been to before. One of the people had done some of the climbs, but eventually we moved to an unknown section. While belaying a partner on a bolted route, I eyed a line nearby. I kept looking at it, deciding that I could definitely do the first section, up to what looked like it would prove to be a good stance. After that, I had no idea what would happen. I could pick out what looked like my first few gear placements, to the point of what style & size I expected to get in.

So, after spending a bunch of time looking at this, I decided to go for it. None of us knew anything about the line - it just looked doable. I set off (with a lighter than usual rack) and got the climb.

I was so psyched - it's not often one gets to go to an area and pick a line with no foreknowledge. Usually there are folks around, guidebooks, perhaps even plaques....here it was just some good looking rock & my feeling it appealed to me.

My partners thought it was a nice climb also Smile


cacalderon


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agree, it is an amazing feeling... good job!


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Nice. Onsighting is definately my favorite. Nothing like getting inspired by a line and sending it base on your own assesment and no preconceived notion of grading.


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nice man, thats what its all about for sure


bill413


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Thanks folks. Figured I'd share the good feeling. Nice to have the validation. Smile


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I did something similar to that last year. It's an interesting challenge and a useful skill in the more adventurous styles of alpine climbing.


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hafilax wrote:
I did something similar to that last year. It's an interesting challenge and a useful skill in the more adventurous styles of alpine climbing.
Gratz. Absolutely. Yeah - it's something I haven't done (with no real knowledge) in years. Smile


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bill413 wrote:
Thanks folks. Figured I'd share the good feeling. Nice to have the validation. Smile

You didn't need the validation. Great accomplishment.


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The next question is: Did you grab the guidebook and look up the grade after climbing it?

I know I did. Wink


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time2clmb wrote:
Nice. Onsighting is definately my favorite. Nothing like getting inspired by a line and sending it base on your own assesment and no preconceived notion of grading.

Couldn't agree more.


bill413


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hafilax wrote:
The next question is: Did you grab the guidebook and look up the grade after climbing it?

I know I did. Wink
Couldn't - no guidebook to the area. Had to ask my seconds to confirm my guess.


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