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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Cranking at the NRG

Over the July 4th weekend I was fortunate to meet some great people (Matt & Daryl) from the Boston area.  We swapped belays, shared beta, and told some great stories.  We had an excellent day of climbing on Friday (4th) at the Coliseum down by Summersville Lake.  I added two new routes to my tick list, Tobacco Road (5.12b) and Reckless Abandon (5.12b\c).  Both were great routes, but Reckless Abandon comes highly recommended and will be added to my top 10 list of routes at the NRG.  Today (5th) we climbed at the Cirque, and I showed Matt and Daryl a few climbs they should hop on.  Matt made quick work of Graffiti (5.12a\b), and Daryl attempted Satanic Traverses (5.12c).  At 19 bolts, Satanic Traverses is a wicked long traverse that climbs 4 bolts up (35 ft.) and then cuts 90 degrees right and continues for another 90 ft or so (remaining 16 bolts).  It is a feat just to make it to the shuts, let alone red-point the route.  Tomorrow I head out to Dayton, OH, and then out to Idaho.  I have been fortunate to climb 6/8 days here, and will sadly miss leaving the area.  Below are pictures taken over the last 8 days.

Daryl starting "Satanic Traverses"





Matt on "Graffiti"



Whippoorwill area at Summersville



View from Fayette Station

Meadow River

Tributary to the New River



2 comments:

Scott Gross said...

nice work Levi!
I've been so busy with school I haven't had any time to climb. It sucks but, that's the way it is. Glad to see you are still cranking that yank. Take care man!
Scott

Oh, I'm adding your blog to my links, whether you like it or not foo.

Levitator said...

Thanks for the link up. I'll look you up next time I'm in the South, or try to talk you in to a climbing trip.

Peace bro.