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Why is it called a ghost pepper?

January 31, 2012

It must be called a ghost pepper because it comes back to haunt you later.  Another of Esten’s words of wisdom.

The climbers: Jackie, Art, Esten, Priscilla, Eric, and guest appearance by Sport Rockers Ben, Adam, and Jeff
Hydration: Talisker 18, New Belgium Dig Pale Ale, Samuel Smith Organic Cider, Great Divide Hercules Double IPA

This may be common sense to most people, but ghost peppers are bad news.  You may think that an evening spent watching Spaceballs would be a tame precursor to waking up early for some sending, but that was just not the case.  As Jackie soon found out, taking shots til she puked would have been a much better option than eating part of a ghost pepper.  And we’re just glad to hear that Seth is alive after eating a whole one.

Chalking Slopey Dom

Eric furiously brushing Slopey Dom (V5).

Okay, back to bouldering.  An early start on Sunday meant that it was still quite cold when the crew arrived at Governor Stable.  After attempting to warm up in the Circuit Area (ummm, anyone have any short person or normal size person beta for Domino, which is supposed to be V3?), the friction felt good so we decided to try our luck on some slopers.  And slopers apparently make Eric very VERY angry.  Too bad his kicking and cursing at the rock was not caught on video like Jackie’s FU to Roundhouse.  Finally he found a channel for his anger by easily sending 45 Traverse (V4).

The rest of the crew was going to pretend they didn’t go bouldering, but then a group of Sport Rockers showed up as witnesses.  They seemed to be having a better day, as Ben sent his project Bread Load Arete (V4) and there were a couple sends of Apex (V4) and Low Ride (V5), the two problems the larger group worked on together.

Esten doing the splits on Tomb Traverse (V4)

Esten doing the splits on Tomb Traverse (V4)

Everyone was pretty beat after working on Apex and Low Ride, so the crew went to play around on some easier problems in the Dish Area.

Esten ended the day on a high note by sending Tomb Traverse (V4).  If you find a lot of blood on the start of Tomb Traverse, blame Eric.

After a generally unsuccessful day, the only solution was to plop down on our pads and drink the beer.  Art probably wishes he did not drink so much of the scotch, but at least he didn’t eat more than a nibble of the ghost pepper.

Here are Art’s photos from the day:

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2012 12:54 am

    Tasty, tasty scotch …

  2. Joden permalink
    November 4, 2014 6:51 am

    Is it true it must be called ghost pepper because ghost come haunt you later

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