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[TR] A day in the life - at the crag 7/13/2012

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Trip: A day in the life - at the crag

 

Date: 7/13/2012

 

Trip Report:

Up at 5:30 and off to the crag for a little triathalon. Apologies for the blurry pics. Most were taken with my phone.

 

First leg 1: Abdominal and deltoid isometrics during route development

 

Carry the drill, battery, and other toys up the hill, up another hill, up a third hill, and then up a rocky slope laced with wildflowers.

 

The stashed ropes were covered in little brown pellets because...the Snaffle King ate my Christmas rope!

 

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So I tied off the damaged sections and had to pass ten knots on the way to the target anchor.

 

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I went up and down finalizing the project protection plan, and then drilled and placed four bolts on a way-hard-for-me project.

 

It's tough to drill when the route is overhanging and the features are sidepulls (no cracks here).

 

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The ab workout was complete, and a name for the line emerged: Bladerunner.

 

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Now I just need to unlock the crux...but that's a story for another day.

 

I dashed down to the trailhead to meet DavidY for the next event:

 

Leg 2: Leg presses and assorted strenuous oddities during log wrangling.

 

We planned to remove a large tree that's been blocking the trail for two years.

 

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Climbers have been making a mess going around this thing for some time.

 

The crux of the biscuit was a 40ft span of 17 to 22 inch trunk. Many limbs were removed before this shot.

 

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David played with power tools. I did the grunt work.

 

Cutting under tension was difficult. Wrestling 4-6ft sections of trunk out of the trail wasn't much easier.

 

But now the trail is back where it should be.

 

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A better trail is needed, and that will take a lot of work, but first we need to figure out what's up with the mysterious optical fiber.

 

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Urban duties called, but I persuaded David to push on to the next stage:

 

Leg 3: Climb two routes at Shangri-La.

 

Free Radical is the **** 11a arete right of Guillotine, which Ian is shown climbing in a pic from last summer. Bladerunner is on the overhanging face to the right.

 

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Above that is a 30m 10a called Hangman. It has a very alpine feel.

 

We rapped, David retrieved his stashed saws, and he dashed for Seattle.

 

I gathered my rodent-eaten ropes, lead rope, and other gear and ambled down the trail at a slower pace.

 

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No summer outing at Shangri-La is complete without a dip in the SnoQ,

 

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and this is the perfect swimming hole to do it.

 

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Gear Notes:

Power tools and climbing gear.

 

Approach Notes:

X38 Far Side.

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Nice one Rad! Looks like a nice day out (minus the :pagetop: ).

 

Thanks for clearing out that tree! I definitely need to take another trip up to Shangri-La :brew:

 

 

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