A Dumpy Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks and I’m thankful that I got to spend two days at the dump! The Dump is an awesome little crag right outside of Boone, NC. For a brief history on the Dump check out Erich’s very informative blog post here. Anyway, I had a great time in Boone for Thanksgiving. I was able to get out with some great friends and do what we love to do most, rock climb. Hell my old man, Bobby d, even came out!
Day 1: It was a tad on the warmer side. My project (Black Jackets) felt like pee. I tried it several times and on the last attempt I got agonizingly close but came off after the second bolt. However, I was able to send Fry Cleaned at the end of the day so I was happy about that.
Day 2: I slept in until about 9:30am. I hung around the house for a while and got my stuff together. By 11:00am I finally made it out of the house. I made a brief pit stop by Chick-Fil-A to grab some grubs. This proved to be the key ingredient to my productive day! After watching my dad take whippers on Son of White Trash (5.8), I got on Voodoo Chile. It felt pretty good so I decided to get on Black Jackets again. Paden gave me a killer belay and I ended up (barely) sending it my second try, even with a wet top out! After that I rapped down and took some shots of Matt on Suck My Dope. I ended up with a pretty decent shot you can check out below. For my last route of the day I decided to get on Unwritten Law to end the day and get some good training in. A few minutes later I found myself clipping the chains (read: hanging/fumbling quickdraws on the chains) without taking the infamous whipper. I was very surprised with that one! It was the first day I’ve ever sent two 5.12′s in the same day.