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The rise of Super P.A.C. and other stories from Coopers

June 25, 2012

There has been a lot of pebble wrestling at Coopers this June.  In this post, I (Jackie) will try to remember as much of it as I can.  Oh, and there was a lot of hydration consumed.  I probably won’t remember all of that, but do want to give a shout out to the official bouldering winery of June 2012, Gouveia Vineyards.

First weekend in June

The climbers: Art, Esten, Max M., Max W., Chris, Jackie, Tenni, Erica, and Mandy

Esten sending Humility (V5)

Esten sending Humility (V5)

Apparently both Max and Max do not know too many other Maxes, because they did not know what to do at first with another Max around.  Unfortunately, since they are both about the same height and have dark hair, we can’t really differentiate them by saying “tall Max” or “blonde Max” or anything like that.  We will have to fix this.

There were many sends on this day, but one of the greatest accomplishments was creating a nickname for Chris for “The Crew” page.  With the combination of the crew present that day and Eric’s quick wit the next week at the gym, we now have Super P.A.C. (Punk Ass Chris).

Now, on to the climbing.  Some highlights: Esten and Chris sent Humility (V5) and Max M. (the one with the red shirt so he looks good on camera) sent The Allusionist (V7) – video to come.  Both Maxes, Esten, and Chris highballed it on PC7 (V3).  Chris sent Bitch Slap (V5) and then his first V6, Coopers Rockette.  Both Esten and I managed to break off holds on The Punisher (V6).  The hold that Esten broke off was much, much larger than the hold I broke off.  Some would dispute that what I broke off was not actually a hold.  This was a long time ago, so I apologize if I forgot any notable sends.

Max on The Allusionist (V7)

Max on The Allusionist (V7)

Here are Art’s photos from the day:

Second weekend in June

The climbers: Max M., Max W., Chris, Tim and Jackie

First, we will compare tall guy beta to short girl beta on Helicopter (V5):

The Roof

Other Max also sent Helicopter.  The guys worked on Mountaineer’s Route (V5) and Mountaineer’s Route Direct (V5), but it was a no go that day.  The crew went over to Tilted Tree to work on the Roof Problem Variation (V5), but no one could seem to figure it out.  Meanwhile, Max W. was drinking a malt beverage in a can.  I don’t know why.  Then, Max 1, Max 2 and Chris all sent the dyno problem Occam’s Razor (V5).  Max W. and and Chris had never sent Twist da Hick (V5), so that became the next project.  We were joined by Steve and Jarred from Ohio.  Apparently Cleveland is about the same distance from Coopers as DC, but sightings of Ohioans are very rare.  Max, Chris, Steve and Jarred all sent.  The day ended with me trying (pretty unsuccessfully) to ignore everything the guys were saying while working on figuring out the beta for Shadowboxer (V6).  Believe me, you don’t want to know.

Chris sending Twist da Hick (V5)

Third weekend in June

The climbers: Max M., Eric, Jackie

All you need to know is that Max is obsessed with this unnamed V7 on the Electric Avenue boulder (it’s not in the guidebook).  Fearing rain – which didn’t come until we were safely on our way home – he insisted that we go straight there without a proper warmup.  Needless to say, no one sent, so Max will remain obsessed.  We did also manage to find a fun and tricky V4 on the Good Block boulder.  Nothing else that exciting happened. We drank some Bam Biere.

Max sending the V4 on The Good Block

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One Comment leave one →
  1. June 25, 2012 2:12 pm

    I like how this post is in the first person.

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