I spent the weekend in Joshua Tree with this lovely lady who graciously tolerated my incessant photo taking especially when she's the subject. This trip we focused on the Wonderland of Rocks. We took our time getting to the park on Day 1 and enjoyed some time by the Dam once we got there (there is an incredible amount of water in the Dam this year, the most I've seen since I was about 8) afterwards we walked into the wonderland and spends the afternlln looking around at some of our potential domes for the weekend. Day 2 we found ourselves at Lenticular Done early on and @ctao0 put up Mental Physics 5.7 (blows double cross out of the water) and I led Dazed and Confused 5.9 which had really great footwork. The rest of our day was spent walking to the cornerstone, losing psych, being blown off the Red Obelisk, and then searching for Catherine's film camera, (which we found in the bowels of the approach to the cornerstone!). On Day 3 we headed to South Astro dome and climbed Breakfast of Champions where Catherine battled a buldge with a awkward corner crack and after several attempts pushed through her fear and the crux to let our a yip of joy at the rest above! Next we moved to Solid Gold which was unfortunately back in te shade (much to my demise after being mostly cold all weekend) I started up feeling apprehensive but confident that this style of footwork intensive climbing plays to my strengths. Between the 6th and 7th bolts is a run out just shy of deserving an r in Joshua Tree and after meticulously picking my way up the wall I found myself only a few feet below the 7th bolt and many feet above the previous. Just before grabbing the Thank God Hold my left foot blew, I gasped and put everything I had into my right foot and hands barely escaping a 30 foot fall. I picked a new foot and pushed my way to the next bolt. We topped out the next pitch and headed to the hidden valley campground in search of Sun.
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