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Time to Pen Some Horses

February 24, 2012

It’s time to celebrate sandstone bouldering in the south.

Climbers: Shane, Seb, Art
Hydration: Talisker 18, Founders Red’s Rye P.A., Bell’s Pale Ale, Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A., Sam Adams Imperial Stout, Franziskaner Weissbier, St Cloud Belgium White, Founders Breakfast Stout, Sweetwater IPA, Good People IPA, Seb’s Spiced Pumpkin Homebrew

Cozy Cabin 1

Cozy Cabin 1. Photo by Sebastian Stewart.

Although, Art was there last November, he was looking forward to heading back. Shane was last at HP40 six years ago and this was Seb’s first visit and they were anxious to play. After Shane barely made his flight, the crew met up at BHM and headed off to HP40 for some adventures in pebble wrestling.

After Shane and Seb setup in their cozy cabin and Art set up his tent, they headed off to The Middle’s Supa Coola Area to warm up and give Seb his first taste of sloper top outs on slightly wet rock from some condensation. They also took a look at Bumboy, which Art adamantly thinks is the worst problem at HP40, and planned to come back the next day when the conditions were better.

The Dope (V2)

Seb sending The Dope (V2)

Moving on they headed to Turtle Rock where they worked on Whiplash (V5) and Citadel Problem (V4) before calling it a night and heading off to sleep for a few hours. The best send of the night was the first flask of T18, which needed to be rationed for the next few days.

The next (late) morning they headed off for one daytime bouldering fun in the Ten Pins area. There they sent he various warm ups including Copa Cabana (V2) before moving on to to the boulder where Seb and Shane sent Lowdown (V4) while Art worked on The Thief (V7) which sadly the start hold was wet and was his excuse for not making any progress. Art also wanted to check out the Suspicion Boulder and play on Ivy Man (V5) which they didn’t get on the last trip. The problem was a fun traverse on not so good holds that were baking in the sun. By the way, for a February day people were walking around in shorts. They made good progress on Ivy Man, but decided it’d be better when the conditions were better.

Shane working Ivy Man (V5)

Shane working Ivy Man (V5)

Shane working Bumboy (V3)

Shane on Bumboy (V3). Photo by Sebastian Stewart.

They next moved on to Green Lantern (V4) which will be sent next time before heading to Shane’s project Bumboy (V3) which Art had no interest in working, so he just drank and took pictures. Although they made good progress on it and after some super tall dude spewed some beta, the project remains a project. Wrapping up the day on the Eight Ball Boulder the crew sent Brawn (V3) before heading off for some dinner and a grocery/beer trip to Whole Foods.

Here are Art’s photos from the trip.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 24, 2012 3:44 pm

    The problems there look so nice! Maybe someday I will be able to get out there from the West Coast.

    • February 28, 2012 10:30 pm

      Thanks, the sandstone at HP40 is amazing.

      I feel the same way about the West Coast, it’s been far too long since I’ve climbed out there.

      • March 1, 2012 1:04 pm

        Yeah, Santa Barbara has some good Sandstone as well… We are lucky to have some major investment in the area.


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