First ascents are my favorite ascents, so here's a new one in a surprisingly undeveloped area right next to my hometown in Pennsylvania. She isn't very tall, but has the moves to make up for it. That mossy, slabby topout without a crashpad makes a person feel pretty alive, too.
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Happy Thanksgiving to all! I hope everyone had a great holiday! Walk the Line V5 FA. This is my first contribution to #Leavenworth and it's a cool little boulder right off the road in Tumwater Canyon. It's right at the mile marker 94 heading East towards Leavenworth. You park at the parking lot just past the mile marker and walk back towards the mile marker along the cement barrier. You will see it down next to the river as you walk along the barrier. You can then walk down to it at the end of the barrier. Hope you check it out!
Heart on fire! The first ascent of 'Heart on Fire,' (V8/7B). De Hoop. Western Cape. RSA. @brand.ela
I spotted the boulder from the sand dunes. It called to be climbed so I ventured to the waters edge near the breakers. The rock was razor sharp so I had to climb as weightless as possible. The ocean tide pushed up quickly. When I got to the top I found a nest with two seagull eggs. Then out of nowhere I was dive bombed by a flock of seagullls. I was in the middle of a bird fight So I did the only thing I could which was to take off my shorts and swing them about in the air It sure was a spectacle to onlookers I made my retreat as quickly as possible. Unfortunately in my haste, I cut my foot open on the sharp rocks. But luckily managed to get away unscathed and with a new first ascent. I called it 'Heart on Fire.' For the passion that takes me to places to do crazy things like this. When there's a fire in the heart anything's possible!
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