one harder…

Jill sent her long running project called Plato’s Cave, v10, this last Friday. Started 3 years ago when she found the line, back when I did Ear to the Grindstone, we’ve returned off and on for a few days at a time. Also, in the time, a major foot broke, the last hold that we felt was suspect. That’s a good thing, but it forced me to adapt because it allowed taller persons to lead with that foot and reach the slopers more easily. The line is long and sustained, combining a classic josh sloper topout with hard and powerful hueco’esque moves through bullet patina. The stand start is called The Shadow, v6, and starts off a jug match just above head height.

the daunting exit follows the rail up and left

the daunting exit follows the rail up and left (archive photo)

here are a few more images of Plato’s Cave:

the intermediate before the crossover move in the next shot below

the intermediate before the crossover move in the next shot below

shot during the send, this is the last hard move before getting onto and matching the rail jug (stand start)

shot during the send/fa, this is the last hard move before getting onto and matching the rail jug (stand start)

the lower crux move if you're short, this shot and the one above were taken a week before the send

the lower crux move if you’re short, this shot was taken a week before the send

during this last weekend, while warming up for Plato’s Cave, I added two short problems in the East Cluster of the Gateway boulders. no photos, but I’ll add them to the .kmz file and replace the one available.

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~ by r. mulligan on 2014/01/28.

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