After living on the wall for one week with no physical rock ledges to sleep or stand on, I finally reached there Bismark ledge. Today has been a much much needed rest day: slept in, lazy Cricketflours oatmeal breakfast, two cups of coffee and gear sorting.
After some whole roasted Next Millennium Farms crickets snack and C-fu mealworm soup lunch, it’s trime for a little reading and and afternoon nap. Then a little more great sorting, dinner and an early bed time.
Tomorrow is the dreaded Bismark offwidth (will require some strenuous and free climbing), followed by 3 – 4 more days on the wall.
This wall has been every bit as rough as I imagined it would. I feel like I’ve been hit by a car. Took my first aid fall onto the rope yesterday, blowing my first ever placed copperhead (little piece of copper on a wire that you hammer into a shallow crack) and pulling the one I was placing out of the rock, hitting me in the face, giving myself a black eye in the process. Chipped a front tooth the day before putting an open carabiner in my mouth. Tendonitis in my right hand and elbow, swollen fingers, and enough bruises to probably be admitted to a leper colony … Gotta love the Capitan!
Despite the physical wear and tear my psyche has been very high. Bigwall climbing is suffering and suffering sucks much more without purpose. Climbing a BugWall to spread awareness of edible insects as a sustainable food gives me the purpose I need to crawl out of my sleeping bag bag morning. Thank you for sharing this journey with me.
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