“I’m just working this 5.13c, it should go down pretty easily.”
“I just did all the moves on my first 5.14!”
“Can you get some shots of me on the 5.14 I just got the first ascent of?”
I didn’t climb much. I mostly hung uncomfortably from my harness and snapped photos while I lost all feeling in my legs. I shot Sarah and Chelsea Rude working Apocalypse ’91 (5.13b).
|Try Hard Tongue|
|Chelsea climbing on a 5.14a, Bride of Frankenstein I think?|
Jon Cardwell was working on Planet Garbage, a new link up that Matt Hong had gotten the first ascent of a couple weeks earlier. Jimmy Webb had broken off a huge hold since Hong’s send making the route seem impossible. But Jon tried a huge dyno past the broken hold off of a terrible looking sloper pinch. After a few attempts Jon stuck the move and declared that the route still goes. Jon eventually sent the route a couple weeks later.
|Jon Cardwell holding on after a massive dyno on Planet Garbage, 5.14c?|
I think I have climbed more trees while shooting with Jon and Chelsea than anywhere else. I climbed a skinny, unstable tree to secure a flash near the top. Gorillapods work great for this.
A couple weeks before Jon had gotten the first ascent on Nastalgie (5.14) in the Wasteland, and asked me to get some shots of him on it.
|Jon sticking the crux move of Nastalgie, 5.14|
|Quick free solo of the 2nd Flatiron.|