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The Clouds Took A Tinkle

September 26, 2011

A fun weekend at Coopers ended prematurely when the clouds tinkled on the rock.

The Climbers: Esten, Priscilla, Chris and Art
Hydration: 21st Amendment Back in Black, Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale, Stone Ruination IPA, Lagunitas Pale Ale, Lagunitas IPA, Ardbeg Uigeadail, Ardbeg 10, and Coors (but Chris wasn’t permitted to drink it)

The trip started as usual, meet @ Earth Treks Rockville at 9A … Priscilla, Chris and Arthur were there waiting … Esten arrived and the group hit the road at 10:30A.  Finally arriving at Coopers they headed to Upper Rock City and warmed up on the not-really-a-warm-up boulder.  And as way to say hello, the clouds welcomed us with a little tinkle.  To escape the showers the group headed over to the Tomb Raider/Ship’s Prow area to work on their long-standing projects: Tomb Raider Roof and Ship’s Traverse Variation.

This is nature, leave it be.  The small boulder sitting beneath Ship’s Traverse which was displaced back in August and then later moved back to its original spot by Esten was now re-moved next to the tree.

The displaced rock beneath Ship's Traverse was moved again

It’s hard to understand why someone would go through the effort of moving that little rock — are they worried about dabbing or worried that falling a few inches may cause a horrible injury? Whoever they are, they are now Lesser Humans (a reference to Arthur’s socioeconomic viewpoints).

Arthur working his project, Tomb Raider Roof Sit V7. Photo by Chris

Both Chris and Priscilla played with Ship’s Traverse Variation while Esten worked Tomb Raider Roof and Arthur worked the Sit variation. Just like Jackie’s battle against her nemesis, Roundhouse, Arthur has had a summer long battle with TRR Sit with its perpetually damp and wet holds.  And likewise, both have made it to end of their projects only to fall off.  These projects will be sent.

Battered, beaten and without sending any projects the group headed to the Chestnut Ridge Campgroundfor an evening of good beers and burgers.

The next morning the group woke to perfect weather, made breakfast and headed to the Road Side Boulders, but sadly, the clouds tinkled excessively on the rocks, so the group turned around and enjoyed an early return home.

Here’s some of Art’s photos from the trip:

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Priscilla permalink
    September 26, 2011 11:40 pm

    short and sweet

  2. September 27, 2011 12:48 am

    Can we set up a surveillance camera on Ship’s Prow? I’d love to know who keeps moving that rock in case I ever happen to run into him/her…

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