Fri 26th June – 2 hours – Beginner’s lesson 5.4s and 5.5s, 30 feet max.
Sun 28th June – 2 1/2 hours – Belay check. Matt completed a 60 foot 5.6 and a smaller 5.7, and attempted a 5.8. Krista did the 40 foot “ladder”, completed a 5.6 and got 3/4 of the way up the BIG 5.6 ladder.
Tues 30th June – Matt got a tax rebate and went to buy his own harness and shoes.
Thurs 2nd July – 2 1/4 hours. Krista did the BIG ladder, a 60 foot 5.6 and attempted a 5.7. Matt successfully broke in his new shoes, almost completed the 5.7 that’s been bugging him (over the “doorway”), completed another 5.7, and attempted a 5.8. Had a go at a 5.9 too but didn’t get far. 60 feet no longer holds any (much?) fear for either of us.
Mon 6th July – 2 1/2 hours. Krista nailed the other 60 foot 5.6 on the 2nd attempt, finished a 5.7 and attempted the nasty “doorway” 5.7. Matt finally beat the “doorway” 5.7, climbed a 60 foot 5.6 and fooled around on a couple of 5.8s and 5.9s. Didn’t complete any of them but climbed a lot more smoothly.
Tues 14th July – 2 hours. Tough night, and it was really busy. 3 x 5.6 for Krista, 2 attempts at a 5.7. 2 x 5.6 for Matt, 1.5 x 5.7, most of the way up the unclassified red route in the yellow tower and a decent attempt at the 5.8 over the door in the yellow tower (which is my new project).
Tues 21st July – 2 hours with Matt & Inga, and Matt & Lillian. Routes are definitely harder than before. Matt got 2/3 of the way up the 5.8 over the door in the yellow tower (progress!), then fooled around on 5.6, 5.7 and 5.8s. Completed the 5.7 the other side of the doorway (just). Krista completed the 60 foot 5.6 twice, then tried a number of 5.7 climbs only to get stuck or gracefully fall off and almost hit Matt’s head with her backside.
Thurs 3rd Sept – 2 hours. Signed up at Climbing Academy. Matt spent most of his time trying to master the tricky 5.8 with the big overhangs. Did it once untidily, then had 3 or 4 more goes at doing it with more grace but kept running out of grunt.
Tues 15th Sept – 2 hours. Matt did the 5.8 over the archway (it’s easier now), but the top section was a bit tricky), and got a fair portion of the way up a couple of trickier 5.7s. Climbed quite nicely, but definitely lacking in strength/endurance. Krista was up and down the high 5.6 like a rat up a drainpipe. Had a good stab at some tricky 5.7s but lacked the required reach!
Fri 27th Nov – 2 1/2 hours. Matt climbed with Dave Thornton for a change. Have only climbed once recently Climbed a big 5.8 in 3 attempts.Had a couple of stabs at a 5.9 and a 5.10a, but didn’t finish them. Climbed surprisingly well considering haven’t climbed much.
Mon 30th Nov – 2 1/2 hours at the Academy. Krista got back in the swing of things with a variety of 5.6s and a good stab at a tough 5.7. Matt climbed a 5.9 with a big overhang and a couple of 5.8s. The easy gradings seemed hard and the harder grading seemed easy, if that makes any sense.