|Red Rock Sunrise. Chad B. Photo|
|Hiking to the Brass Wall. Chad B. Photo|
Chad is self-aware, motivated and organized. He saw the challenge (acquiring technical climbing skills), discovered the opportunity (our November Red Rock trip), and executed (3 days in Red Rock, a combo of technical training and big mileage). Setting quite an example of focus and fun, Chad has it figured out. Chad has big aspirations, but enjoys every moment of even the most mundane "training". We weren't "training for the ultimate training day". We were just out doing it with a bit of an agenda.
As for the agenda... Day 1 we hit the Brass Wall in Pine Creek for some top-rope mileage and movement skills.
Day 2 was rope-geeking in Calico Basin. We dialed in up-travel transitions and some improvised ascension practice. Repetition, repetition, repetition.
|Calico Basin. Chad B. Photo|
|Upper Solar Slab. J. Porter Photo|
The third day we raced the loop road and a particularly fast crowd of accomplished climbers to, and then up, Solar Slab. I'm pretty sure Solar Slab in its entirety is my favorite route in Red Rock. Just thousands of feet of beautiful, sustained moderate climbing. Yee Haw!