Another visit to Pictured Rocks. It was a much more successful visit than our last outdoor trip to Hoot Bluff.
Warmed up with an on-sight of Gumby Derranged 5.9. Over at the Flying Buttress wall, I redpointed Winged Messenger 5.10c on my second attempt (hung draws on first attempt). In the Comic Gallery, I climbed Flash 5.11b with two takes, but didn’t work it long enough to redpoint. Finishing up on the Wild Iowa wall, I on-sighted Atropine 5.10a, while hanging the draws.
Sign at the park entrance
The University of Iowa had a large group out, taking over with their topropes.
Back to Pictured Rocks, with a rope this time. My own rope, even!
Easing into the outdoor world by setting a top rope. Maybe I’ll lead the next time out.
The closest outdoor climbing from here is about 2.5 hrs away in Eastern Iowa at a state parked called Pictured Rocks.
Brad & I planned a trip out there, but the friend with a rope had a last-minute issue come up, and wasn’t able to come. Since I was excited about this first trip to climb on real rock, the two of us went anyway and just worked on traverse bouldering some of the sport routes close to the ground instead.