Drytooling= Rock Crack and Sharp Objects

Drytooling a M4 route on the lower ice falls of Boulder Canyon. A nice day with good friends and lots of encouragement allowed me to push myself. I had never climbed mixed before, (other than in the gym) and I was really rpoud to get to the top of this line, albeit on top rope. January 13th, 2007.

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Dan Dalton

Dan Dalton - Jan 15, 2007 4:09 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice!

This particular route, or the whole day? Both were totally awesome. We ended up setting up two top-ropes, one for the whole falls, and one with this direct dry tool appraoch. All of that drytooling at home and in the gym paid off, it was brilliant and almost felt more comfortable than being on ice!!

Asphazell

Asphazell - Mar 24, 2007 1:07 am - Voted 10/10

Sweet!

This was my 1st year climbing (trying) mixed! Very hard but extremely rewarding. Makes me want mono points. Great, more gear =)

Dan Dalton

Dan Dalton - Apr 26, 2007 10:16 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Sweet!

Mono's are the way to go, they are definately a little more specialized but I love them for mixed.They work equally well on ice and it is nice when you can pivot on a single point and do stuff like drop-knees. I hope to get better and try some hard stuff at Vail eventually. Plus, more gear = :)

Asphazell

Asphazell - Jun 28, 2007 2:27 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Sweet!

How do you like those spurs?

Dan Dalton

Dan Dalton - Jun 28, 2007 6:01 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Sweet!

Love em! Makes doing a figure 4 or 9 a little harder, but I don't do that too much! Works great for stemming, or mantling at the top of climbs. I think they are great for mixed especially.

Dan

jvarholak

jvarholak - Dec 10, 2008 12:57 pm - Hasn't voted

just noticed this...

Hey Dan... long time...anyway, is that the toe bail on your left crampon hanging down in the pic?.... if so, yicks... tough spot.
john

Dan Dalton

Dan Dalton - Dec 10, 2008 1:59 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: just noticed this...

You know, it is! Good eye, I didn't even notice that. Yicks is right, glad I was on TR! Hope all is well and that you are getting out enough!!

Dan

jvarholak

jvarholak - Dec 10, 2008 2:47 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: just noticed this...

NEVER enough, my friend... NEVER enough

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