Thursday, January 15, 2009

Slider

For me, bouldering is about going out and convening with nature. It's about energetic sessions with friends. It's about a goal-oriented sort of physical training. It's about puzzle-solving, and mind games. It's about reduction and expansion, deconstruction and reconstruction. It's about sex, booze, and cash-money...

Sometimes, for me, bouldering is also about success -- the feeling of unqualified achievement that's all too rare. And luckily, two days ago, I was able to bask in the momentary glory of success by climbing my ultimate project, Slider.  It's truly a rock climbing masterpiece, with classic moves on impeccable stone. I've been incessantly daydreaming about it since first examining it last year, and I am SO HAPPY to add it to my tick list. 

One of the things I love about climbing in the Southeast is that -- in a wonderful union of geological and biological morphology -- many of the boulder problems here fit me. Slider is just one case in point. To be sure, this region holds a high concentration of problems between V5 and V10, which helps. There's a lot for me to choose from. But beyond grades, I find the holds and moves on many problems here to be especially accommodating to my style. I seem to have fewer of the pitched battles that characterize my time in Colorado, and I actually get to the top every now and again. Climbing here is the height of hedonism in an already self-indulgent activity. It's been a great trip. I will miss this place sorely.

And now, for your viewing pleasure, here is my ascent of Slider (V9) at Horse Pens 40, Alabama. After having read the rhapsodic prose about my experience on southeastern sandstone, you might be surprised to see such an ungainly oaf clambering his way to the top of this gem. However, I assure you that this has nothing to do with my climbing style and everything to do with the cinematographic quality of the clip. Enjoy! 




UPDATE: For much better footage of Slider, as well as a few other SE sandstone classics, see Scotty Gross' blog.

11 comments:

Katie said...

My favorite part was the "Yes, Woo!"

Ryan Brazell said...

That was actually a voice-over. Big bucks, big bucks.

Justin's Blog said...

Well done Ryan! Most definitely a good end to a trip!

Mannphoto said...

nice send ryan! typical brazell style too I bet. lemee guess, 6am with a pocket full of fungi?

Ryan Brazell said...

Thanks Andy! Good guess, but slightly off the mark on both points. 1) HP 40 is on the eastern edge of the Central Time Zone, so it's still dark at 6:00 am. The ascent took place promptly at 7:00 am. 2) Dangerous innuendoes surround the phrase "pocket full of fungi." So as not to insult Mike Schultz's sensibilities, I'll refrain from comment as to the mycological significance of my pocket contents.

Mannphoto said...

nice.

Ian Gleason said...

Nice work, Ryan! The send train has left the station, and Ryan Brazell is the conductor! Let me know when there's a stop at the Bald again- I could use a ride!....

Brad said...

wow--what a beautiful climb man--congrats. How many times have you worked it since we got on it last year?

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