Rock Climbing --- 9/2/2007 --- Blue Run Rocks, PA

A huge crowd from Cornell swarmed all over Blue Run Rocks. None of us had ever been there before. It is a fun location, though you can climb it out in a day. Rocks are not more than 30' tall, and many of the climbs are bolted and have anchors at the top, so it is easy to do lots of short climbs in a day. Rock is mostly solid, but still very dirty. Leaders beware and trust your instincts... our topo listed the wrong grade for many climbs.

I took tons of pictures, but light and camera angles were lousy, so I deleted most. Did get a good sequence of Rachel when I was anchored at the top and she was climbing in decent light.

Couldn't even begin to tell you what everyone else climbed. My day went like this (climb numbers and the spelling of climb names are from the topo we had):
   Led #11, Darwin's Dilemna (5.8, really 5.9)
   Followed #20, Unnamed (5.8) we called this climb I Just Can't Wait To Be King
   TR #10, Levitation (5.11, really 5.10)
   TR #14, Power Play (5.11) aided past the mono, but did all the other moves
   Led #31, Unnamed (5.8)
   TR #28, Taking It Easy (5.8)
   TR #29, Stealworker (5.10, will be harder when the jug at the top falls off)
   Back to Levitation -- got the redpoint on toprope this time.
   TR #32, Jake Said Ouch (5.8, really 5.9+)

Levitation is an area classic and a very fun climb, but only has one hard move. Stealworker was my favorite climb of the day with very sustained climbing. Are Darwin's Dilemna and Stealworker puns, or just the result of a sub-standard elementary school education? We set a rope on Campfire Direct (V5, highball) an area classic which I believe Kenny sent. People also climbed #33, Slab-a-licious at the end of the day. Katie started a trad lead of #26, The Chip, but backed off when she found no gear placements.

Darwin's Dilemna.  Most climbs are three bolts to the anchors. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Darwin's Dilemna. Most climbs are three bolts to the anchors.    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Mike on the starting holds of Campfire Direct. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Mike on the starting holds of Campfire Direct.    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Matt leading I Just Can't Wait To Be King. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Matt leading I Just Can't Wait To Be King.    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Matt leading I Just Can't Wait To Be King. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Matt leading I Just Can't Wait To Be King.    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Mike ascending the rope to clean Campfire Direct.  I used Photoshop to create the intense contrast and colors. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Mike ascending the rope to clean Campfire Direct. I used Photoshop to create the intense contrast and colors.    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Emily climbing I Just Can't Wait To Be King. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Emily climbing I Just Can't Wait To Be King.    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Katie (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Katie    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Katie leading I Just Can't Wait To Be King. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Katie leading I Just Can't Wait To Be King.    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Katie leading I Just Can't Wait To Be King. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Katie leading I Just Can't Wait To Be King.    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Oh no!  Someone pooped on Mattie C's birthday cake! (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Oh no! Someone pooped on Mattie C's birthday cake!    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

The mono on Power Play. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

The mono on Power Play.    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Climbing Power Play. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Climbing Power Play.    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Kenny and Jess. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Kenny and Jess.    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Jess removing lots and lots of lichen from #31. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Jess removing lots and lots of lichen from #31.    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Emily climbing Taking It Easy. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Emily climbing Taking It Easy.    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Mike leading Stealworker. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Mike leading Stealworker.    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Rachel climbing Taking It Easy. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Rachel climbing Taking It Easy.    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Rachel (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Rachel    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Rachel (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Rachel    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Rachel (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Rachel    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007

Yeah, this shot was deliberate.  I thought it looked artistic. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Yeah, this shot was deliberate. I thought it looked artistic.    Blue Run Rocks, PA -- 9/2/2007