I have spent four months in Perth with still a month to go before I head back to Squamish to continue my struggle on The Cobra Crack. I planned to train to get as beastly strong as I could so that I could reach a whole new climbing level on this next trip although the intensity of climbing on plastic has left me juggling injuries. My cobra mono finger tendon is a little sore but I hope nothing to worry about, I have pain on the side of my middle finger joint on the other hand (ongoing since smashing it into a boulder last summer), and I have a tear in the cartlidge on the outside of my left wrist for which I delayed an arthroscopy and got an injection instead so I can still climb in the near term. Despite these things I am still climbing really well and am definitely stronger than last year. As long as I manage these pains well it should be a productive trip.
|Peaches (28/5.13a), Wilyaberup, Western Australia. Photo: Vaughan Guan.|
Only a month before I am on the road again. The current plan involves two months in Squamish followed by a three month USA road trip. I would love to be able to do a free route on El Capitan and then head into the desert for some test-piece sandstone cracks. Theres so many places I still want to go. Hopefully this trip Squamish, Skaha, Index, Smith Rock, Tuolomne, Yosemite, Zion, and Indian Creek all get some attention.