A Friday session at the Foundry – almost like old times

It used to be a weekly tradition to go to the Foundry on a Friday and then have curry afterwards. Now, it’s more likely that we’ll end up at the Climbing Works because its closer to the curry place, and there’s usually a bit more to do. However, because the Foundry’s bouldering wall had been completely reset, we decided to go on a Friday so that one of our friends could try some of the problems as he couldn’t make it on the Wednesday.

I was feeling a bit battered by this point on Friday. After yoga on Thursday evening, a full-day of wrestling with a 500cc, and not much sustenance, I wasn’t sure how well I was going to climb. However, after the difficult session on Wednesday, I wanted to try some of the problems. Both Karl and Diane came up to me and said that I shouldn’t use the grades at any climbing wall as a benchmark as the problems were always being reset. That made me feel a bit better – and I was in a better frame of mind anyway.

I decided to not look at the L2s at all on Friday, and try some of the L3s as they had different holds and different movements. I knew I wasn’t going to top any of them (well, it was pretty unlikely) but Karl suggested that I should try some of the harder moves, know that I was going to fall off, but get reward through linking individual moves.

I tried 3 L3s and managed to link the bottom part of one of them on the Wave. The other two were a bit too hard – I think I’ll get one of them, but the other one is very core-y. The L3 with the most potential had fairly good holds on it, and it was a case of figuring out the best foot sequence for getting the height and movement that I needed to progress. I was pretty happy that a move I couldn’t do the first time, I managed after 3 goes. The next move, which was a throw off of a very high Egyptian didn’t go.

After bouldering for about an hour or so, I decided to do some routes. Me and a friend went into the furnace and I led a couple of 6as and a 6b. I put a rope for her to try a 6b+ in the middle of the wall, which she had never linked over the lip of the roof. She managed to do the link move, but then fell off the next move.

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I looked at the 6c+ on the far right-hand side of the wall, and wanted to try it on top rope. I was very tired/pumped by this stage, but I figured if I could do it on TR without a rest that would be amazing. If I did it with one rest, but did all the moves, then I would be happy. I had one rest. By that point the OH came in and said it was curry time.
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Some stats:

  • Warmed up on L1s in the corridor and in the main room
  • Worked the moves on 3 L3s. Managed to link 3 moves in one of the problems. Linked 2 moves in the other.
  • Led 2 6as, 1 6b (to the penultimate clip and then got scared)
  • Top-roped 1 6c+ with one rest
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