Nov 29, 2004, 10:23 PM
Post #1 of 1
Registered: Nov 27, 2002
Sunday, 2pm- hike from car after morning of work, leaving Hidden
Rocks parking and follow fire road/trail for approx 2/10s of a mile
before turning left on Timber Ridge trail, very faint and steep but
still there thanks to deer and the locals who hunt them.
2:30- reach Timber Ridge boulders, a small outcrop with a half dozen
bad landing classics. Repeat all but one, with one fall and no
broken bones or sprains. Remind self to get chalkbag out of pack at next boulders.
2:50- resume hiking, ascending step ridge just east of broken rock
faces. Drop over top to explore and put up new line (? five move
wonder, maybe 5.10a), follow game trail back to Timber Ridge, flushing pheasant.
3:20- reach intersection with Lover's Leap Trail and continuation of
Timber Ridge. Swap out dry shirt and add layers, snack and burn.
Spend ten minutes just sitting listening to the wind roar through the
spaces in my head, looking out over a broad mountain valley full of
trees, no sight or sound of man.
3:40- continue hike to Lover's Leap, free solo/highball really nice
5.4 corner/crack. Return to path and pack/poles, reassure watching hunters of sanity/mental competence.
4:00- leave Lover's Leap trail and head SE along cliffband, now on
the trail of established routes. Repeat an average of two
problems/boulder through the first four boulders, with no falls but
several steps off or downclimbs. Remind self to bring spotter or crashpad, next time.
4:45- sunset, way up on Lover's Leap. Down where I am, it's been cold
and getting darker for half an hour. Stop at Resort Rocks for snack
and water and layers adjustment, run up beauty blunt arete climb,
downclimb easy corner.
5:10 Watch blackbear walk uphill past 007 boulder, decide to pass on
this one and make my way down to Goon Rocks.
5:20- Goon Rocks- traverse right wall, low and highball, look at
Discombobulator and shake head in wonder, watch assorted 4WD vehicles full of "sportsmen" pour out of the woods. Work several sit starts until
it is too dark to see holds and too chilly to hold them.
5:55- back to car. Still too light to leave, now that I'm out of the
trees and further out of the basin. Cross creek and walk about three
hundred yards through private land to private boulders. Play on big holds for another half hour, lit by rising moon and, eventually, headlamp.
6:40- Landowner's wife turns up, is unarmed and cool (miracle of miracles).
Watches and stays silent (miracle #2). Offers to turn on outside
lights and asks if I want to stay for dinner. (correction-
7:00pm- Decline (got a goddess of my own), secure access for future, and head back to car. Point vehicle east, open thermos, pour hot chocolate w/Irish cream directly into climber, followed by brownies and NPR.
Smile all the way home.