Sunday, January 30, 2011

Back to the Obed

So this saturday & sunday we decided to head back to the Obed, Tn. I had heard of a really cool boulder at the Canoe Hole called Manic Aggression (v11) that James Litz fa'd some years ago. What's most notable about this awesome line is that there is a 10-12 move v11 low start beginning in the very back of the roof. I was told that James attempted to link this problem, but never returned to do so. So with this new info, i got psyched! On saturday I was able to Flash the stand start, and began working on the low immediately. I sussed out the low moves quick, gave it 3 efforts from the bottom, and decided to come back on sunday. Then on sunday on my 2nd go from the start i found myself at the stand start crux.. a toss from a small left hand edge to a nice jug edge for the right.. as i latched onto the hold, disaster struck! My 4 finger bucket turned to 3 real quick leaving me exposed and all of my weight on my bad tendon. A shot of pain ran up my forearm and I hit the ground........ "is it fucked?!" I sat down and examined it and quickly realized I had tweaked it a good bit... I called it quits, ran down to the river, and iced my finger for 20 minutes. After this we decided to roll over to Lilly Boulders to meet up with Brion Voges & Nate Draughn. Unfortunately for them though the rocks were soaking wet from condensation. So, we decided to head back over to the Canoe Hole so they could all get a session in on Manic. Then crazy enough we got to the roof and it was starting to condensate! The boys quickly got to work while i tested my tendon out on every hold i could see... "not too painful", "A little awkward on that one", "Fuck it, i'll try the stand and see if it hurts!" Little to my surprise, no pain! So i completed the stand for a second time and sat around for 30 minutes. Time crept on and the holds were starting to just get too wet to climb on. So right then I decided to give it just one ditch effort. I made it through the low crux, got half way through the upper problem and found myself staring down the hold that hurt my finger.. "Hit it with four, hit it with four.." I jumped and latched on hard, swung out, and found myself still on! I then collected myself and embarked on the 10 move v7/8 finish. Pumped as shit.. I finished it out for the First Ascent of Manic Euphoria, V13. I couldn't be happier!!

Here is a clip i threw together of a couple problems at the Canoe Hole. Splatter v9, and Manic Euphoria. I wasn't able to get the send footage of Manic due to it being quite random. So I did some moves for vid and pieced it together.

Hope you Enjoi,

Monday, January 24, 2011

2 Days in the Obed Wild & Scenic Forest

This saturday & sunday Kasia, Rami and myself took a trip down to the Lilly Boulders to climb on the classics, and help shoot some photos for the up and coming guidebook by Kelly Brown. 1st day we climbed on classics, and tried a few harder boulders. I was able to climb an old project of mine Recluse v11, and got super close to climbing the 2nd ascent of James Litz' Tilted World v13 before I ripped a flapper and had to call it quits. On our 2nd day we hiked to a newer boulder field to try a really cool roof Bosley put up called Shattered Mines V10, and search for new problems. Due to the lack of time we didn't get to search around as much as i would've liked, but on the upside I did manage a flash of Shattered Mines. After this we took the hike back to the cars and went over to Lilly Boulders. We warmed up a bit more and Rami climbed the classic Mojo v9, and we hiked back down to Tilted World. I felt super tired, the flapper felt like utter shit, and a send in my mind was very unlikely. With no expectations set in, i decided to try hard and see what happens. If anything we would still have some nice shots courtesy of Mark Large. Then surprisingly on my 4th attempt from the ground i found myself at the finish! I was very psyched to climb this one, and I have to say it's one of the best of the grade, and definitely the best in the Obed.

Here's a vid I threw together, and a couple shots from Mark Large.

Rami on Mojo

Shattered Mines

Rami on Shattered Mines

Kasia on Whirlpool v8

Tilted World

Lilly Boulders 2011 from Jimmy Webb on Vimeo.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

8 days in the AR

Welp, got vimeo working! Hope yall enjoi.

8 days in the AR from Jimmy Webb on Vimeo.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Arkansas Recap

So i am now back in the Nooga from our 8 day adventure in the Ozark Mtns. Our time there was absolutely amazing. Brad, Rami, Nate and I hung out all week climbing classics, trying projects, and enjoying some basketball. I've definitely fallen in love with the lifestyle we lead there.... basically everyday we sleep in till 10, go climbing, come back to the barn and eat, shoot some baskets, and watch some movies. It's simply fantastic. Everyone climbed very well, and we all sent some amazing problems. I have quite a bit of footage compiled from the trip so expect a nice little vid to pop up here shortly ! Also, my finger is getting ALOT better ! My first couple of days it felt decent, then on the 3rd day i was able to climb relatively hard problems with little to no pain.... with the exception of pockets and small crimpers of course. Either way, i am psyched. Cannot wait to be 100% in the GAME !!!


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Not much

So it has been 40 days since i popped my tendon, and it's hard to tell if it's really getting any better. I've done everything in the book to promote healing, and have been pretty damn religious about it...... but no silver lining to the dark cloud just yet..
This weekend though I shall be traveling with some doods up to Arkansas to climb a little and relax on the ranch! There are a couple problems I would be psyched to climb on, and Im pretty amped to explore the woods a little. Other than that i'll be filming the whole trip, so there will be a few vids up for ya once I return !

Hope yall are climbing well this season,