To be downright honest I was underwhelmed – but I also went there with pretty big expectations. There is some potential there, and the Mondo Cave is absolutely enormous, but for now I feel like my time and energy can be better spent elsewhere. The cave has great rock, but it also has a lot of poor rock – logistically it’s a little strange.
The expectations game in climbing can be a bit of a mind-f*ck for all of us, not just professionals. So much of our experience upon first visiting an area is colored by the expectations set prior to that visit by stories and beta gleaned from others as well as a natural excitement I think we all have when seeing a new place. Often times this leads to an underwhelming feeling like the one described by Siegrist, but as with many things in life first impressions are just that.
It’ll be interesting to see what comes of the climbing in Ely over the next decade or two.