This time, there was no disaster. This time all clicked. I think it was because of the full moon, but I haven’t even seen the moon lately and I’m not sure if its even full (get that).
Things really have been clicking for Dave Graham as he indicates in a recent blog entry for Five Ten. Since returning to Colorado from a successful stint in Hueco Tanks, Graham has amassed an impressive ticklist of hard repeats and first ascents.
On the new problem front, Graham has done the FA of five V11’s, one V12, five V13’s and one V14 in the past month or so according to his 8a scorecard. The new problems are scattered among a few areas near Estes Park including RMNP, Wild Basin and Elkland. Highlights include the following:
Dave Graham on his new problem The Grey (V14) at Wild Basin by Cameron Maier
Dave Graham on his new problem Dead Meadow (V13) at Wild Basin by Cameron Maier
Dave Graham on his new problem Tetris (V13) at Wild Basin by Cameron Maier
Not content, Graham also found time to make the third ascent of Paint It Black, a “phenomenal roof” V15 that was recently put up by Daniel Woods in RMNP. Graham had this to say about the send in the aforementioned blog post for Five Ten:
Now, all I can say about that is: Pure Satisfaction. Like the pepsi add or whatever. But truly, I was content. Wrapping up that problem is a great way to prepare for a trip, and its a rarity for me these days to leave without hundreds of undone rigs looming in my mind. I have 6 more days till I fly to OZ, which will be one of the SICKEST trips I have ever been on, and all I can do at the moment is look forward. For a climber with a lot of projects, its always very hard to do, but somehow, this time around, its my genuine sensation, and I think it will only make me stronger for my journeys ahead.
Graham also sat down for a live version of the ClimbTalk radio show where he sounded off with his opinion on recent developments, Red Bull sponsorship of heli-bouldering, chipping double-standards in Colorado and much more. His part starts around the 1:45 mark.