This has been a season filled with adventures and climbs. With countless hours of training behind me, I have felt good, ready to take on new and exciting climbs. The Black Crack Cathedral Ledge NH is one climb I have looked at for years.
This dark, steep, wide crack looks burly, an undertaking that would spit me out quickly. I always thought – no way, not a chance.
Yesterday Terry and I made the trip to Cathedral. I found myself racking up with gear at the base of the Black Crack. Loaded with cams, fueled up with Expresso Gu gels, fired in my mind, I set of upward into the unknown of the Black Crack.
The first 40 feet are uneventful but this mode quickly changes pace. I reached the Off Width portion of the climb and it was wide and steep.
The inside wall was mostly smooth, the outside had small foot holds to press against to assist in maintaining my position. I used arm bars, knee locks, chicken wings, and many physical moves to move upward. My knee area took a beating as the knee locks were difficult to set and release, my left shoulder/arm was also put to the test pressing against the inside walls to hold my body position while the feet were reset. To say the least it was a battle, one that I truly enjoyed and an experience I thrive for and will remember.
It’s the day after, my body is quite sore. My mind is set at ease as I took on a project that had been looming above, on the mind for quite some time. Glad to say the Black Crack is completed.
I need to give a huge Thank You to Terry. Very supportive for this climb and she took on the belay task. I climbed the route then rappelled the route and cleaned the gear. We went on with our day climbing a few of Cathedrals sunny more appealing climbs.