Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Frustration Creek - 11/25/2011

The day after Thanksgiving we headed out to have some fun in the great outdoors. We started off by going up the canyon by our house to check out "Big Falls" in the town of Forest Falls. We did the five minute hike to the falls, got some photos, and then headed to Frustration Creek to do some climbing.

At Frustration Creek there is a slab that looks great for Danny to climb, but it doesn't really have any natural gear options to set up a TR from so I have wanted to put in a couple of bolts at the top. Unfortunately I only brought one extremely dull bit with me (I didn't check it before we left) so I was unable to get even one hole in the rock before the drills battery died. I guess Danny's TR will have to wait until next time.

After the failed attempt to set up a route for Danny we decided to just climb. We started with a 5.10b called "The Natural". I ran up it and got the red point, then Amy TR'd it.



After climbing The Natural Amy was done, but I wanted to climb at least one more route, so I jumped on "Eco Challenge" a 5.11a right next to The Natural. I cruised the route and got the red point. The route is kind of funny because it feels like the bolter just wanted a really long route regardless of quality. The route starts out on good quality rock with fun moves and continues that way through the crux, but right after the crux (where it feels like a good natural ending to the route) the rock turns to loose grainy low quality rock through super easy terrain for another forty feet. It feels like the energizer bunny, it just keeps going and going and going and going and... well you get the point. Even with the low quality section at the top of the route it is still a worthwhile route because of the fun moves through the lower section.




After Eco Challenge we packed up and headed home so that the kids could get their naps. It was a short day of climbing, but we still had a great time.

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