One of the finer crack climbing test-pieces in Red Rocks is 'The Fox.' The 140-foot pitch begins with a finger crack, but gradually widens through all sizes into a short chimney, and then narrows to a 5" offwidth to finish. During a climbing trip in April, 2015, Dave onsighted The Fox after a real battle, and inspired Nick to give it a try as well. Not having much crack climbing experience, Nick was quickly thrashed before even reaching the fist crack, 1/3 of the way up the climb.
Daniel and Nick were both motivated to return to The Fox and gauge how far their crack climbing technique had progressed. Check out the photos, and a brief recap of their sends.
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
Daniel was evidently the most eager to get on the climb. When we reached the base there was no doubt that he would take the first burn. As he geared up, Daniel wore a somber expression. Nick reminded him that climbing is fun, and that he should relax and get excited about the climb. Hearing this, Daniel snapped out of his troubled thoughts, and buoyed up visibly. He began the climb with fresh enthusiasm.
Bravo Daniel! A strong attempt. Nick watched Daniel closely while belaying, and was able to identify key rests, and important beta. Daniel gave his recommendation for a lighter rack (single BD cams to #2, double #3 and #4, and a single #5; 4 alpine draws), and Nick began the climb with a significantly lighter harness.
Nick was elated with the contrast between his performance this year and last. Looks like all of our crack climbing practice has payed off.
Daniel had come too close to eschew a second attempt. He felt confident after figuring out the sequence, and watching Nick's send.
A brilliant ending to our time in Red Rocks. It's great to see how far we have all come since embarking on our road trip. Looks like it's time to start upping the ante!
- The Choss Boys
We are Daniel, David, Nick & Erik.
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