In a post on Five Ten’s site Dave Graham reflects in his usual style on the last few months of 2011 which culminated with his FA of Memory is Parallax (V14):
In a day and age where each boulder problem is argued to be less and less significant (its not that hard, its not that cool, its not that tall, its not what I like, no one will go there, blah blah blah) I find it truly important to share when things do matter. When something I have done a boulder is significant.
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I took a lot from this experience as a person, even though I just climbed a rock, it was a massive milestone, and a true personal accomplishment, but it was because of how it fit into my life, where I was when I did it, and where I came from before I started trying it.
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My favorite line:
“The climb starts in a crack, you speed on up, much like Dean Potter on El Cap, or Alex Honnald… you know…like when they go extra FAST, cursing in the cracks, just onward and upward… well, you do that here for like 2 moves”
I know many are wondering, maybe people who live in FL like me, why Dave couldn’t find anyone to hike up to the project with him in late December. The hike alone is probably worth it. A dose of exercise and a scenic view.
In most cities you would say that everyone is busy working, but since nobody in Boulder works one would think there would be plenty of people available to go with him. I’m with you David, any chance to go hang out around Estes Park would be a good thing in my book.