Sunday, May 27, 2007

Rock On

Went climbing outside for the first time this year and visited Hogwart's and Waterknot Wall. Everyone did their fair share of leading (even Leslie) although she did comment that she considered coming down her reward for having to go up. Kind of makes her more of a descender than a climber but I guess everyone has their own schtick.

Opening day

Bruce starts the day off with some warmups on the easy Hogwart's Wall. It was a lovely day if a bit windy.

Zak follows up with some moves of his own.

Lelsie shows here moves with a couple of lead climbs of her own. She generally doesn't like to lead and that goes double for outside. She really rocked and pushed through a couple of difficult moments...

All this with an audience! (check out the spot below the wire-like shadow on the road and spot the sheep!)

Moving up the hill to Waterknot and a few tougher climbs, Zak shows off his safety-concious fashion sense. Only a 5.6, but the crux is below the first clip.

Zak moves on to the 5.11b...HARD! He pulls off the first three bolts before his fingers give out and he bails to give Dad a chance.

Bruce takes up the challenge and after a few attempts, finally dials in the next two moves but can't make the clip. After a couple of tries apiece, Zak and Dad bail and slink off to climb easier stuff.

Meanwhile Leslie is content to pummel the 5.8 into submission and work on her style points.

After a long day, we look back up the hill to the small cliff band (indicated) that makes up Waterknot Wall.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Seven big ones

A list compiled many, many years ago: seven phrases for ending (or at least redirecting) discussion, as identified by a master evader.

1. OK.
2. Right.
3. Sure.
4. So...
5. Anyway...
6. Whatever.
7. Never mind.

Of course, intonation is everything. Don't try this at home!


Monday, May 14, 2007

My youth...

I got this Corb Lund video off a friend's blog and it really reminds me of being young again...sigh...

Almost makes me a teary as Toby Keith's "I Love this Bar"...

Saturday, May 05, 2007

For Mom

A pre- mother's day gift...