Independance Mine – More new stuff

On Friday, Drew, Will, Tanya and I headed up to Independence in the afternoon for a good round of development and climbing.  Drew and Will took us up to a nice small warm-up boulder, which I think they cleaned on Thursday.  It had several good, albeit short, problems ranging from v0 to v5.  We cleaned and climbed one new line on this boulder, a very nice right rising arete traverse which went at v2.

While I was playing on a new line Drew and Will put up next to this boulder, Tanya wandered uphill about 50 ft to another boulder and started cleaning some lines there.  We all joined in and cleaned 6 new lines from v0 to v8/9ish (including a v0- downclimb): Four aretes and two slabs.  For me, the best problems were a left leaning arete with a series of nice crimps and edges called Mint Julep-v3 and a delicate slab called Central Park at Night-v4ish. Drew, Will and I got hung up trying the hard Arete now called Scalene-v9 while Tanya froze waiting for us.

Will on Scalene - Photo by Tanya Leineke

After that we headed up to a really nice new line Drew had put up called Bite the Biscotti.  I found a slight variation to Drew’s beta which dropped the difficuly of the problem, but certainly didn’t change the quality.  While at the boulder we cleaned a new arete problem which now called Feather Bed-v4.  We also cleaned a couple other lines and did a stand start between the arete and Bite the Biscotti.

Last on the docket was Drew’s new testpiece.  This is a really nice line of small crimps up a lightly overhung face called A Sharper Image.  I was able to send this in two goes, which felt great to do something hard very quickly, while Tanya and Will worked a v6 just to the right.  We didn’t hang out very long as we were all feeling pretty worked and it was getting late.

Eight new problems cleaned and climbed makes for a pretty good day out with good company.