Owens River Gorge
The Owens Valley, and Owens River Gorge in particular, brings back many memories: Schat’s Bakkery, Matt Stevens eating a scab from his head, climbing with my dad, Eric’s endless attempts and then send of some V4 and his truck lights going out while driving at night, having to put up with Camie’s nonstop Phish, watching Patrick crush some fun boulder problems at the Buttermilks, and on and on. It’s a special place. And for the second time Michy and I get to be here together! Michy had a great day yesterday; she onsighted three 5.10c’s, two 11b’s, and TR onsighted the notoriously pumpy 5.11d, From Chocolate to Morphine.She celebrated her amazing day with a fun long board session down the Gorge Road.
And the day got even better. I onsighted my first 5.13a! It was called Aura and climbed a steep headwall that culminated with a long lunge to a finishing jug. I also got another 13a second try named Yellow Streak. All the routes here are incredibly long too. I don’t think we did any routes shorter than 30m and many were at the limit of our 70m rope!