Last year, on the 1st leg of a worldwide climbing tour, Australian powerhouse Chris Webb Parsons badly injured his shoulder in Hueco Tanks. After almost a year of surgery and recovery, he found himself in the Buttermilks of Bishop, CA for his first day of real rock climbing the other day.
Not wasting any time he attempted the well-known V9 Soulslinger but found success hard to achieve. Not deterred, he walked over to the nearby Mandala (V12) and proceeded to send it within a few tries (emphasis mine):
I pulled on and made the big first move to the little edge, put my foot up and made a move left hand to another crimp and fell, there goes the flash. My skin was soft and I only had another couple of goes left before my skin was going to bleed. I was given some advise from a local guy called Adam who told me I went to the wrong part of the hold with my left hand so after another few goes of trying to sort out my beta I was standing on top of the Mandala. Im so happy to be climbing again. Considering 3 months ago I was not allowed to lift over five kg’s Im very happy. My shoulder held up ok although on the redpoint shot it made some nasty cracking noises but im told thats normal 🙂
Let’s hope this is a sign of many more uninjured days of climbing to come!