I climbed the following routes:
5.6, Truxton or Bust
5.7, Sol (twice)
5.8, Bright Idea
5.8, Face Plant
5.8b, And You're Ready Now? (About five attempts but no cigar)
I should rename And You're Ready Now? the biceps killer because it had the biceps in my right arm smarting for three days and there's new throbbing going on now. As I approached the route, I had butterflies similar to the ones that appeared when I was taking swimming lessons and my teacher wanted me to swim the length of the pool doing the front crawl. It's so frustrating because I know I have plenty of power in my legs but I just couldn't get my feet on these two holds that I needed to get over the arête.
When I approached my longtime nemesis Face Plant, Patti told me to just keep climbing, to not slow down and to have fun. I surprised myself by marching up Face Plant. I don't know how much fun I had though.
When I was headed up JW, I was waiting until a kid who was using the auto-belay got up to a certain point.
Patti: I think you'll be okay.Ha, ha...
Me: Have you seen the way I climb all over (i.e. rainbow climbing) this route?
Patti: Yes, I belay for you. I've seen how you climb all over the route.
I headed up and managed not to collide with the kid.
As we were waiting for a 5.9 to clear for Patti, she said that she wished she had started climbing as a kid.
Me: I wish that I had learned to swim as a kid.As we were leaving, this pre-teen told me: I saw you rock climbing, you're good. That was so sweet of her to tell me.
Me: I wish that I had taken Spanish classes more seriously...
Sometimes I forget about the kids up in the balcony area until I smell pizza or see balloons. I hope that the pre-teen will climb for many years to come at Upper Limits or at some other rock climbing joint.
Here's a father teaching his kid how to do a drop knee maneuver. If lil' shorty can do a drop knee, I should be able to do one too. Shouldn't I?