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Camden, briefly
« on: July 23, 2011, 08:34:58 PM »

Mackerel scales...


and mare's tails...


make ships reduce their sails.
And keep climbers from spontaneously combusting on the rock.

Troy and I ventured up to Ocean Lookout after a morning rainshower and found excellent conditions, a beauty of breeze, and some fun climbs.
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Re: Camden, briefly
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2011, 08:51:20 PM »

We started with Exasperator, not a great choice for off the couch, but whatever...

Looking down some of the route after the crux.


Troy approaching the crux...


and then disappearing while I pretend to belay and take pics.


This climb breaks my no-overhanging shit rule, but is too fun not to do, esp when you can place 18 pieces before the roof hand-traverse! 

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Re: Camden, briefly
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2011, 08:55:08 PM »

Troy kvetched his way up Swing Set, which is a great gear lead and has blueberries at the belay.



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Re: Camden, briefly
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2011, 08:58:05 PM »

We gaped at the big wall.
Come and get it, hardmen and -women; Play Misty for Me .11a, Running Free .11b, and Central Crack .12a (R) await.

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Re: Camden, briefly
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2011, 09:07:01 PM »

We finished on the seldom done Groovy Grubworm, breaking it into 2 pitches, allegedly to replace gear for the second 1/2 but really so I could choke down the urge to vomit after flailing up the eponymous starting groove.

Looking up.


Troy heading into the maw.


And digging deep at the exit.

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Re: Camden, briefly
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2011, 09:14:57 PM »

The second half goes up the crux slab, around a horrible rounded roof thing (both Troy and I were swearing like longshoremen), then up a really nice hand crack that is too short, except that you're wasted from the aforementioned groove and slab and roof thing and you just want off this climb.  Now.





Fun day, better weather than expected, and only 8% dehydration by the end.  What's not to like?


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Re: Camden, briefly
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2011, 11:21:27 PM »

Nice pics Dale.  Cheers!
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Re: Camden, briefly
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2011, 01:25:18 AM »

looks like a great day Dale...
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Re: Camden, briefly
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2011, 06:44:01 PM »

sweet! i gotta get down there some day...
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Re: Camden, briefly
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2011, 09:44:13 PM »

Good stuff Dale.
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Re: Camden, briefly
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2011, 12:52:10 PM »

We started with Exasperator, not a great choice for off the couch, but whatever...

Looking down some of the route after the crux.


Troy approaching the crux...


and then disappearing while I pretend to belay and take pics.


This climb breaks my no-overhanging shit rule, but is too fun not to do, esp when you can place 18 pieces before the roof hand-traverse! 


Exasperator is one of my faves. It' looks mungy from the deck but opens up to a fantastic climb!

Get on Millenium Falcon next time you get up there. Don't let the grade scare you, its protected very well. More so than when I put the thing up!
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Re: Camden, briefly
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2011, 10:30:29 PM »

Epoch, I did MF last year.  Burly crux, but beautiful delicate start with tricky gear and sustained but juggy climbing after the crux to the anchor.
I'm not sure .10c is appropriate, given my success  ;).  Can't speak to P2, that was Danielle's lead.

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