HP40 New Years Washout

HP40 New Years Washout

Our trip to HP40 in Alabama wasn’t a complete wash, but as far as climbing was concerned it sure felt like it.  Before we left I didn’t feel all that prepared, and it showed once we started climbing on the beautiful first day of 2009.  Last week I posted a short list of problems I wanted to send, but a lack of enthusiam, lack of strength and lack of skin combined to prevent me from sending any of the problems.  Here is the rundown:

  • The Flow (V7) – Epic fail – I made a mistake in not trying this sooner in the day.  For whatever reason I was having a hard time getting the key toe hooks to work in my favor which led to a lot of dejected slumping onto the pads.  On the bright side I got to spend some time working it with a cool guy Ben from Denver which gave me plenty of time to talk shop about bouldering in the Frontrange.
  • Mortal Combat (V3) – Did not attempt – Much taller than I remembered!
  • Slushpuppy SDS (V8) – Did not attempt (too crowded)
  • It’s A Natural (V7) – Did not attempt – Holds much smaller than I remembered!
  • The Thief (V7) – Epic fail – I only half-heartedly tried this as I didn’t want to put in a ton of effort unless it felt doable…which it didn’t.

Unfortunatley there was not going to be any chance for redemption as it rained the night of the 1st.  After waiting it out for half of Friday we made the decision to head home as the forecast for Saturday called for more rain.  A bit disappointing, but I think everyone had a fun trip nonetheless.

I also failed on the picture taking front.  Having never climbed in the dead of winter I was a bit surprised at just how short the days can be.  We didn’t start climbing until almost 11 am and before I knew it the sun was going down and I had barely taken the camera out of the bag!  Luckily, Mrs. Narc picked me up and helped out with a few shots of her own.  Here are a couple of shots from our day of climbing at HP40:

Mrs. Narc climbing sans “boot of doom”!

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Danny hanging out near the top of Mainline

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Sarah on Lowdown

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Narc feeling The Flow

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…NOT

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12 Responses to HP40 New Years Washout

  1. sock hands January 5, 2009 at 9:15 am #

    noooo!

    was it ben elkon?

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    • Narc January 5, 2009 at 9:18 am #

      Possibly. Didn’t catch the last name. I would describe him as a shorter (than me) fellow who was quite strong. I should have asked him if he knew the legendary sock hands!

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    • Narc January 5, 2009 at 9:19 am #

      After some googling, you are correct.

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  2. Situner January 5, 2009 at 10:10 am #

    Belkon sighting?

    He is one strong monkey.

    At least you set yourself up for a very successful trip in the future Narc!

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  3. Mark January 5, 2009 at 10:59 am #

    Was there a lot of crowding down there? Probably a lot of people with the great idea of a New Year at HP40. To bad escaping Wisconsin doesn’t mean escaping the possibility of weather not conducive to climbing.

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    • Narc January 5, 2009 at 11:03 am #

      It wasn’t too crowded. Definitely a lot of people around but it isn’t too hard to relocate to somewhere with an open problem. That is the beauty of HP40. The next problem is always literally a 1 minute walk or closer.

      There was a fair amount of shouting at midnight on NYE (and some fireworks) but the partying was pretty subdued for the most part. I think Rocktown is more the party spot.

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      • steven January 5, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

        Man, it was for sure. We headed up there the night before new years eve and it was packed….pretty subdued in camp though. I think the cold kept ppl in their tents. [or maybe they were just saving it for new years]

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  4. hayden January 5, 2009 at 3:37 pm #

    photo sequence shoe dab

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    • Narc January 5, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

      In the last two? Not so. In both I have the left V10, right Dragon combination. Unfortunately I really needed the right V10 however I tragically ripped it a few months ago.

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  5. Sarah January 5, 2009 at 10:59 pm #

    Apparently we should have detoured to Rocktown. Emily said the weather was great there the whole time.

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    • Narc January 6, 2009 at 7:46 am #

      Apparently we should have gone to HCR too. Sounds like we went to the worst of the 3 options. Oh well.

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  6. Odub January 5, 2009 at 11:37 pm #

    You were just a few days late!! The weather was AMAZING the couple of days before. And yes, Rocktown was the party spot. The nice thing is that when you’re done climbing by 6, and theres nothin else to do, the party is over by 12! Climbing, party, AND sleep. I love the Southeast in the winter…

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