Black Mountain and beyond!

 Devlin Gandy on a no-fall  One Upon a Time V3 R/X  

Devlin Gandy on a no-fall One Upon a Time V3 R/X 

This past weekend a big lot of us went up to Black Mountain to work on projects, train, be outdoors and really just take advantage of the fact that we were actually able to get up there. I don't really have any projects up there right now, though I did work "The Visor" V6 and think that for now, that's what I will train for. 

Since my injury, it has been difficult to get my left hand back to 100% which in turns gives me a lack of confidence. That confidence is the root to having a strong head game which is essential if you want to attempt anything like the problem Devlin is pictured in above. 

 

 Nicole Pate working  NRA V7 

Nicole Pate working  NRA V7 

My real intention on going up to Black Mountain was to photograph all of my friends climbing their respective projects. Some times when you try new problems, or are getting used to the thin mountain air, you have create new perspectives on how to move your body. Training can only bring so much to novel situations and then you step beyond what you believe you can do.   

 Amy Weed Sticking the first crux on  Pinchapotamous  V8 

Amy Weed Sticking the first crux on Pinchapotamous V8 

And sometimes when we go to that place beyond any thought, you succeed or fail and thus grow from our experiences. 

 Amy Weed getting to the lip on NRA V7

Amy Weed getting to the lip on NRA V7

I become the spectator to these moments within myself as well in others and learn from both mine and their mistakes. That is the world of climbing, for with the endless spraying of beta and the "perfect" workout routine we try to perfect ourselves so that when we come outdoors we can enjoy climbing to its fullest.  

 Devlin Gandy working on his project Ex-Patriot V11 

Devlin Gandy working on his project Ex-Patriot V11 

After a full day of exploring  the mountainsides and barely being able to breathe due to the altitude, we called it quits for the day and drove back to the SMM. It was a great day and can't wait for my next adventure up at Black Mountain. 

 Portrait of Ryan Arch

Portrait of Ryan Arch