Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Studio- Joshua Tree trip

Our trip at JT consisted of morning lessons by guides to learn the terminology, techniques of climbing, and various equipment. In the afternoon each group selected a boulder to measure, sketch and photograph. Analysis of the boulder along with the climbing instruction will guide construction of our first primitive which will in turn engage a second. This boulder appealed to us not for its overall form (as it was tempting to pick others for that reason) but for the broad complex face shown below. It carried mulitple "features" (jugs, shears, crips, ledges, wacos, pinches, etc.) and has the potential for multiple "problems" or climbing paths.