Aight so kasia and I arrived back in chatty yesterday evening from our 5 day trip to New Jersey for the Gravity Brawl.
The trip was really nice, the competition was fun..although I didn't perform as well as i wanted to in finals i still enjoyed the experience. The NE2C ALWAYS throws down the best comps with the sickest scene. PROPS>
The problems in finals were stellar, most fit my style pretty well.. but all in all it came down to wether or not i did problem number 2.. which i didnt. i was really close, but on my final attempt i stuck what i thought to be the crux move.. got my left foot high and as i was going for the finishing jug my left hand greased out... bummer. Time was called and i finished the comp strong, flashing problem 3 and meeting high point on 4. The comp was super close, and im syked for the trade show comp coming up in around a month or so.. hopefully the problems will be a bit harder, and the field will become a little more spread out.
Aight, so with the comp scratched me, kasia, Issabel, Kevin, and Lesley ladladd spent the next day stomping around NYC. We hiked out to central park, saw some boulders, climbed a little. and then decided to pack it up and take the hour or so drive out to New Paltz and check out the Gunks. We got there around 5ish and got syked to go up and check out some of the blocs for a small sesh.. We started off at the Buddah boulder, where everyone warmed up. then me and Kevin started trying a problem above called The Crouching Dragon, 8a. I was able to dispatch on my 3rd attempt, while kevin continued to tick off the stand start,7c.
After this we chilled out, rented a hotel, got some grub, etc etc
The next day was a FULL day, to say the least. Started off warming up in the Welcome area. I was syked to try and flash the classic Karajo, 8a. Which i was soo close to doing. Sending on my 2nd attempt.. and the girls were scoping the stand start A new pair of Glasses, 7a+. Which they all sent.
After this we took the hike to Venus in Scorpio.. a super classic 7c+/8a. Which i was able to dispatch rather quickly. I would just like to say that i LOVED this problem.. one of the best i have climbed for the grade. a must do in the Gunks. hands down.
So then we rolled back to the Buddah bloc were the girls made progress on the buddah, 7a+ but there were no sends.
Then me and kevin threw our selves at a party trick v10 called freak. I was able to send, while almost snapping my spine.
After this we just started to trudge back towards karajo.. stopping at every other bloc we saw to try and climb some classics and what not. With our last stop being back in the Karajo area where we all threw ourselves at a cool 7b+ called Jackson Pollak. Me and Kevin sent quickly and left the rest of the sesh up to the girls. They were all SUPER close to sending.. linking move after move.. but in the end it was kasia coming through with the ninja beta. Sickness indeed.
Unfortuantely no vids from the trip.. but i can now confidently tell you that the Gunks are more then worth the trip. :)