After spending nearly a month in Joe's Valley, Kaiya and I decided that it was time to head out to Bishop to hit the Buttermilks and hopefully send some long standing projects. Now after almost 2 1/2 months on this road trip, I should have a good idea that something crazy or unexpected would happen, and I am shocked that I didn't see it coming. Four rest days and we were ready to tear skin off on our respective projects...but to no avail. We climbed at the Buttermilks for two days, Kaiya sending some of her projects that she had worked on the last time we were there, The Rising, Lululator, and Birthday Direct, all uber-crimpy and techy. I quickly found out that the Buttermilker was no longer hard for me, moves I had previously struggled on were done nearly static. The only issue that arose was the nagging pain in my left knee got worse and worse, finally preventing me from even high-stepping to engage the bicycle on my project.
Enjoying some Indian Creek wine and the sunset from the campsite at the
Rest day #1 we realized that we weren't really that psyched to climb anything in Bishop...I had worked Spectre and came really close to sending the Mystery, and Kaiya was working Saigon and Soul Slinger.
The Mystery, V12
As Kaiya and I drove to town to sit at the Looney Bean for 9 hours, we looked at each other and both said "Joes is so much more fun huh?"
An hour later we were on the road and headed back to Joe's Valley to problems we were psyched on and the fun climbing of the sandstone. Now that we are back here, some more hard sends, photos and videos will come. Mike and Tammy McClure are headed down this weekend, and Mike is going to try and flash the Skeleton Key, and head up the hill with me to send Kill List...