Black #131

Route #178

2023-12-16 · SBP Poplar

Interesting and difficult climb for me. The angles aren't actually that bad, but they feel unnatural, like one of those "mystery spots" with deceptive inclines. Grabbing right hand to the third hold was super scary initially; I expected to just fly away from the wall and also maybe slam into the volume. It turns out that it's not too hard to stick (the hold is good and the angle isn't as bad as it felt) and also you can even do it almost statically if you want.

But the end is really the crux. Once you grab up to the volume on the left and the little block on the top face, you have to get up… generally by throwing one of your feet over the wall. I saw someone do right foot; I did left foot. It's scary and also takes a ton of energy, and even then the balance is really precarious so it's still a weight-shifting journey to finish.

I spent three days of attempts on this route altogether. On day 2, I was at the end of my session and made progress (got past the third hold) but could not manage the finish, between fatigue and fear. On day 3, I think I technically flashed it, but it was anything but a walk in the park.

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