Fall Perfection

Fall Perfection

Yesterday was one of those perfect fall days you spend the entire year avoiding injury training for.  Crisp temps in the low 50s, trees just beginning to change colors and zero clouds in the sky.  In other words:  PERFECTION.  I could have spent the whole day just admiring the conditions, but that would have been a total waste.

The West Bluff has been the name of the game of late at Devil’s Lake, and that’s where we found ourselves for the entire day yesterday.  After a brief warm-up we met up with Steve and made our way to the so-called “Squeeze Project”.  Nestled in some trees above the Slant Boulderfield, the Squeeze Proj climbs improbable slopers out a cool dihedral.  It had been attempted a few times late this summer in poor conditions, but with cool weather finally arriving this week the race for the FA was on.

After watching Steve nearly send on his first attempt of the day, Tony and I joined in the fun.  The 3 of us spent the next 2 hours throwing ourselves at the problem with varying degrees of non-success.  The crux revolves around using a poor left hand pinch/sloper and throwing way out right to a decent but hard to grab hold. The remaining moves are not especially difficult (if you can get the kneebar), but they are certainly botchable (yes, that’s a word).

Tony on the 2nd move, staring at the crux

Photo:  Sarah

Fearing all 3 of us were going to end up going home empty handed, Steve stepped up and pulled out the send in impressive fashion.  Destined to become another West Bluff classic, Steve decided to call the problem Moj (pronounced like mojo without the “o”) at a proposed grade of V8.  I was very pleased to capture the send on my new HD video camera, and I hope to have the footage edited soon.

Steve on the send of Moj (V8)

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Just uphill from Moj is another classic line, Jenga (V6/7).  I was really tired from trying the project for so long, but I was intent on repeating Jenga for the camera.  Jenga climbs a cool dihedral over a very rocky landing and it’s a must do, just make sure you bring pads:

In other news, I made a small Dr. Topo style topo for bouldering on the West Bluff and it should be available for free download soon!

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10 Responses to Fall Perfection

  1. sweatpants October 1, 2009 at 11:43 am #

    Sounds like an amazing day! super jealous man. Nice fall on Jenga. lol. Both problems look super.

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  2. Dobbe October 1, 2009 at 1:42 pm #

    Hey Brian did you try the roof project? I asked Steve if he saw it but forgot to ask if you all played on it at all.

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    • Narc October 1, 2009 at 1:48 pm #

      Are you referring to the roof you found the other week? If so, I don’t know where it’s at so I couldn’t give it a try.

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      • Dobbe October 1, 2009 at 2:13 pm #

        Sorry. We put it up late the night before after moving some more rock out of the way to make it doable. I hate putting stuff up that’s only half astablished (mr clean here) and was not sure if you had seen it. Good go on Jenga after being worked

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        • Narc October 1, 2009 at 2:17 pm #

          Looks sick!!

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  3. sweatpants October 1, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    Narc, i think he’s talking about the ‘power plant project’. Steve mentioned looking at it yesterday when we spoke earlier. didnt sound like you guys tried it though. sounds really excellent Dobbe. I’m psyched to try it!

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  4. Narc October 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm #

    Gotcha. Well, we spent almost the entire day trying the project so little skin and energy was saved for anything else. Next time…after I do Moj of course.

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  5. Dobbe October 1, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    Sweaty your going to love this thing. Hope the bad weather stops so we can get out and climb soon. Peace

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  6. calvin October 1, 2009 at 3:22 pm #

    How are the new Team 5.10 shoes? I saw you had those on… best ever or so-so?

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    • Narc October 1, 2009 at 3:33 pm #

      I had pretty high expectations for these shoes and so far they have not let me down. I’m going to try them out on a couple different types of rock before doing an “official” review, but so far I’m very happy with them.

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