Photo Friday: Hueco Tanks & RRG

Photo Friday: Hueco Tanks & RRG

By popular demand, here are a few more pictures from my recent trip to Hueco Tanks.  The first 3 are of a well-known problem on North Mountain, Babyface (V7), courtesy of Danielle Vennard.  For whatever reason I’ve always had an attachment to this problem, and it was really the only problem I wanted to be sure and send on my trip.  In a perfect world I envisioned being really fresh and flashing the problem.  I do not live in a perfect world.

By the time I finally got around to trying Babyface it was our 4th day on out of 5.  Keep in mind I hadn’t climbed 4 days total in the entire month leading up to the trip.  I can honestly say that I have never felt so tired and sore before heading out for a day of climbing, but it’s not every day that I’m in Hueco Tanks so I decided to make the best of the day.

Knowing I had almost no skin and barely any energy to spare, my warm up consisted mostly of walking around the boulders at the Gymnasium enjoying the view.  When everyone was ready, we made our way to Babyface where I was promptly shutdown by the very first move.  Really shutdown.

Babyface, North Mountain – Click any picture to see a larger version

Babyface (V7)

Photo:  Danielle Vennard

After some work I figured out the first move only to keep punting trying to find the correct spot to grab the next crimp.  To me the beauty of a problem like Babyface is that you have to try from the ground on each attempt, but that also made it quite difficult to figure out the top moves given how much skin and energy it cost me each time I left the ground.

Babyface (V7)

Photo:  Danielle Vennard

Eventually, I found the right spot to grab the right hand crimps, but I was too tired to get my feet high for a throw out left to a big jug.  Knowing that my skin was not going to last much longer on the somewhat sharp crimps I decided to get desperate serious and stop trying to get my feet up to do the last move (like I’m trying to do in the picture below).

Babyface (V7)

Photo:  Danielle Vennard

I rested long enough for my skin to stop sweating and gave a proverbial “last try”.  When it came time for me to get my feet up for the last move I went for broke and jumped instead.  Somehow, I latched the big left hand hold in a helicoptering scream reminiscent of Obe Carrion in Free Hueco.  To say I was psyched would be an understatement.

After a short break I did the comparatively much easier V7 Daily Dick Dose and called it a day since it hurt to even touch rock at that point.  A day like that day really taught me a lot about what is possible even when you don’t feel great physically.

Here are a few more pictures of Kevin on some Hueco classics:

The Long Haul (V8), East Spur

Long Haul (V8)

El Burro (V3), East Mountain

One of the donkey show problems

All you need to send in Hueco Tanks

All you need...

Sandboarding in White Sands National Monument

Surfing

As an added bonus, here are a few pictures a reader, Stefano, sent me the other day.  They just so happen to be of a route at the Red River Gorge that I have something to say about, To Defy The Laws Of Tradition (5.10 a or b, I don’t remember which).

Just about everyone I talk to thinks this route is one of the best 5.10s at the the Red, but for some reason I’ve never been a fan of the route.  I like to think it’s because of the massive streak of chalk pasting every potentially usable and non-usable hold on the route, but it could also be the big whipper I once took pumping out at the anchors on a route I felt was well within my abilities.  You take your pick.  Thanks to Stefano for the pics!

Miguel's Field At Night

Defy Night

Defy Montage

Anchor

Pat Defy

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10 Responses to Photo Friday: Hueco Tanks & RRG

  1. Kate C December 4, 2009 at 9:31 am #

    Mmmmm, really nice pics. The shots from the Red are beautiful.

    I remember enjoying “To Defy the Laws of Tradition” but it was a heady climb, thin and pumpy at the same time. Yum.

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    • Stefano Prezioso April 2, 2010 at 10:43 pm #

      Thanks for the compliment! And agreed, pretty thin and pumpy for a 10a, but what a wonderful climb.

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  2. John Knoernschild December 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm #

    Nice pics and nice sends.

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  3. Scott Cran December 5, 2009 at 1:57 am #

    To Defy is a good route but if you want a truly gratifying classic 10 at the red you have to check out No Sleep Till Compton. It has everything you could want some slab, some overhang, a small roof, a nice mantle, and a pretty lax finish, and too top it all off one of the best views from the anchors. It is definitely the best 10 I have done at the Red so far.

    Thanks for the pictures, always fun too look at climbing porn 😛

    Scott.

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    • Narc December 5, 2009 at 3:01 pm #

      Thanks for the recommendation, I don’t think I’ve ever tried that route.

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  4. Connor G December 6, 2009 at 3:42 pm #

    I went to Hueco a few years ago and likewise found the amazing Babyface. I sent it almost EXACTLY how you described it, with the thrutchy throw to that left hand, with a little helicopter thrown in there, and a frightening, primal scream. I sent completely at my limit at the time; since then I’ve climbed harder things, but Babyface is still my favorite send and the most memorable! An impressive send with no skin, I must say. Nice work, and a very enjoyable blog as well!

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  5. GOd December 7, 2009 at 9:16 pm #

    I didn’t find Defy the Laws difficult at all. I don’t understand how it was heady, thin, and pumpy. There’s one reachy move, but that’s prolly because of my height. I honestly sggest it should be downgraded to a 5.9.

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    • Narc December 8, 2009 at 7:14 am #

      If 5.10 is at or near your limit I could see how the route could be a challenge. It isn’t exactly the mindless jug haul other routes at the Red tend to be.

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    • Mark April 2, 2010 at 10:10 pm #

      This is really funny I stumbled across this. I just got back from the Red two days ago, and I also fell going for the anchors and took a 25-30 footer. I’m a tall guy, and my belayer got pulled up quite a bit which made it that big, and there was a bit of slack out. But I really do agree, the feet are crap, though the crux was easy because I could reach past it. And it does pitch back at the top. I got on Ro Shampo and found it easier because its an actual jug haul.

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  6. Stefano Prezioso April 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    Hey, thanks for posting my pictures up! I forgot I sent those to you and hadn’t checked back in a while. Thanks for the nice compliments as well. To Defy the Laws of Tradition is a 5.10a. There’s a cool undercling/gaston move with a big reach after it in the beginning before the ledge that is definitely the crux. After the ledge, it’s just small (for 10a standards) 2 and 3 finger pockets to the end. They are all good, and there are loads of them, but if you are just breaking into 10’s, the pump can get to you pretty quick. I love the route, its so aesthetically pleasing. 🙂

    Also, to explain the second picture down, it’s Defy at night. I set up my camera on a tripod, opened the shutter, then went, tied in, climbed it with a headlamp, and then rapped and cleaned the route. Cool shot that I’d love to get another of someday.

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