Viva Las Vegas

Well, another 4 weeks come and gone and another great bouldering trip in the bag. After Hueco we spent a month in Las Vegas with my friend Adam. I only took a little over one rest day a week and climbed on some really amazing boulders, some of which are likely in the collection of the best in the country. World class for sure. Climbs like Stand and Deliver, Wet Dream, Lethal Design, Americana Exotica, Gription, Lindner's Roof. There's so many top-quality boulders in Las Vegas. In 4 weeks I managed one day ascents on 2 V11, 6 V10, and maybe 5 V9. Of all the climbs I completed the only ones I didn't manage to do in one session were Slice and Dice V9, Scare Tactics V10, and Lethal Design V12. Slice and Dice is just really hard for me (see video), Scare Tactics needs some beta on the starting position, and Lethal Design is just a massive undertaking (unless you're Paul Robinson or Alex Johnson).

The best part of my trip was my ascent of Lethal Design. I don't have video footage of my send burn (my camera woman was taking a rest day and my one spotter thankfully chose to spot) but this climb is a long climb with 17 hand moves on tiny crimps before encountering the highball vertical topout above a pit of deadly talus adding maybe another 6 to 10 hand moves. Word is that I managed the 5th ascent. It took me a couple efforts to get all the moves and my beta figured out and then a couple more sessions to finally complete it on red-point. I don't have much endurance so I really need to try hard on a problem like this. Really quite hard for me. It's ascents like this that remind me that climbing is different for everyone and one problem while easy for one person can be totally different for another person. The only climbs I left undone were Atlus Shrugged and Burnt. I'll have to return to complete those. So close, falling past the crux (I hate that).

Here's my Las Vegas video. Lots of the climbs I did with Adam. Fun times for sure.

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We're in Bishop now for the next 3 weeks. Time to get re-psyched. After a couple rest days here I hope to get some great climbs under my belt.