Rock Climbing --- 9/23/2014 - 10/1/2014 --- Arkansas, Illinois

WE ARE PINK TIGERS IN A FIELD OF LIONS!!!


Got my stamina strong, 24 ain't hard
Check the whole North 40 off my scorecard

One thing that I know for sure
My 12 hour score beats your 24

I'm a dinosaur, but let me make my case
I'm still much much younger than leather and lace

I'm not concerned about Alex Honnold at all
He don't use a rope enough to know how to clean draws

But I digress, time to ring that bell
For the 24 hours of horseshoe hell

We're gonna climb thru the night till the daylight comes
I got 99 problems, a hundred pitches ain't one

     -- Kris Odub Hampton


First of all, let me say that if I appear in Reel Rock 2015 looking haggard and exhausted, it is only because the camerawoman told me to look that way. I felt fine at the end of the competition, but they wanted some shots of exhausted competitors and I was happy to oblige. Also, if I appear in Reel Rock 2015 dropping burrito fixins all over myself, it is only because I'm a slob.

Guy and I are back for another round of Horseshoe Hell. I didn't take many pictures and I don't have much of a story to report. Both of us came to the competition this year in good shape, but without having done any specific endurance training. It didn't matter, we crushed it. With a strategy fine tuned from last year's experience (biggest change: save all the trad lines for later in the competition when queues start to develop on moderate sport lines).

We pushed hard this year. Never waited in line. Never took a break. Not once in 24 hours did we stop. I didn't weight the rope. I didn't take off my climbing shoes until the competition ended. On average, we led one route every five minutes and forty seconds... for 24 hours straight. At the 10:30pm check-in we turned in a scorecard with 78 routes each. And when the shotgun fired at 10am Saturday morning, we had 127 routes each.

As for the Mile High Club... Guy wrote it best:

The results are in! Jeff Deutsch and I (un)officially made the Mile High Club at 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell this year!!! We both climbed 127 routes, but were only credited for 124 routes/5090 feet (Jeff) and 123 routes/5050 feet (Guy). There's usually a discrepancy in our scorecards every year, owing no doubt to my terrible handwriting at 4am and the fact that the volunteer staff have to score over 350 cards in just a few days. Since we're just a few hundred feet shy of the needed 5280 feet, and didn't get credited for 3/4 routes, I'm going to assume that had we been recognized for all 127 routes, we would've just squeaked in to the club. While officially we won't receive the Mile High Club t-shirt this year, I'm super proud of our accomplishment nonetheless. A big thank to Jeff for helping me to crush my goals in this competition year after year: first by demolishing the 100 route milestone with ease in 2013, and then hitting the mile high club in the final minutes of the comp in 2014 by convincing me that one lap on a 5.5 choss groove chimney would be worth it. It sure was buddy :)

After requesting that they look at our scorecards again, we were both credited with 125 routes and 5190 feet. But we know we made it, and that's all that matters to us. Also from Guy... "I've got enough t-shirts anyway."

Thanks to Cat and Phil for cheering us on. Thanks to Cat, Dave and Meredith for taking photos. Thanks to Guy for talking me into doing this crazy event a second time.

Heading back to Ithaca we climbed a bit in Southern Illinois. Phil, Dave and I explored the stiffly graded sport climbs at Jackson Falls for two days. We got on Through the Smoke, Rattler, Master Marley, Blue Spark, and The Garden Route at Spleef Peak. At Lovely Tower we climbed Hidden Treasure and Fine Nine. At the Gallery we got on my favorite climb, Group Therapy. So. Ill. is a great way to break up any drive across the country. Free camping and free climbing in a really nice setting.

Obligatory Dick pic (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Obligatory Dick pic    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/25/2014

Bentgate Mountaineering? This must be an awesome gift! (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Bentgate Mountaineering? This must be an awesome gift!    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/25/2014

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A gravy boat???    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/25/2014

Brush with fame... Andrew Burr, Chuck Fryberger and Dave (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Brush with fame... Andrew Burr, Chuck Fryberger and Dave    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/26/2014

Guy, Adam, me, Harris(on) (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Guy, Adam, me, Harris(on)
I had to edit this photo with GIMP.    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/26/2014

Me, Adam and Guy (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Me, Adam and Guy    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/26/2014

Me, Adam, Guy and Harris(on) (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Me, Adam, Guy and Harris(on)    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/26/2014

Strange facial hair (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Strange facial hair    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/26/2014

Climber's Creed (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Climber's Creed    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/26/2014

And we are off! (Category:  Rock Climbing)

And we are off!    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/26/2014

Sexy! (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Sexy!    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/26/2014

On average, Guy and I led one route every five minutes and forty seconds... for 24 hours straight. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

127

On average, Guy and I led one route every five minutes and forty seconds... for 24 hours straight. At the 10:30pm check-in we turned in a scorecard with 78 routes each. And when the shotgun fired at 10am Saturday morning, we had 127 routes each.

Not saying this is the 127th route. I don't remember this route at all.

Or any of the routes, honestly.    24HHH, Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/26/2014

Do these tights make my butt look AWESOME?!?!?! (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Do these tights make my butt look AWESOME?!?!?!    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/26/2014

Just so you don't think all our routes were 20' tall. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Just so you don't think all our routes were 20' tall.    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/26/2014

Guy climbing (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Guy climbing    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/26/2014

Rope hamper and belay gloves... both essential. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Rope hamper and belay gloves... both essential.    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/26/2014

Guy climbing (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Guy climbing    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/26/2014

Imma pink tiger stripe traffic cone! (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Imma pink tiger stripe traffic cone!    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/26/2014

Free Solo Rappellers! (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Free Solo Rappellers!    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/26/2014

Me and Dave after the comp. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Me and Dave after the comp.    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/27/2014

Quiet place to sleep (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Quiet place to sleep    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/27/2014

Me, Phil, Guy and Cat (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Me, Phil, Guy and Cat    Jasper, Arkansas -- 9/28/2014

Belay Specs! (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Belay Specs!    Jackson Falls, Illinois -- 9/29/2014

Climbing at Spleef (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Climbing at Spleef    Jackson Falls, Illinois -- 9/29/2014

belayspecs.com (Category:  Rock Climbing)

belayspecs.com    Jackson Falls, Illinois -- 9/29/2014

Climbing at Spleef (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Climbing at Spleef    Jackson Falls, Illinois -- 9/29/2014

Climbing at Spleef (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Climbing at Spleef    Jackson Falls, Illinois -- 9/29/2014

Climbing at Spleef (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Climbing at Spleef    Jackson Falls, Illinois -- 9/29/2014

Hidden Treasure, 5.12 (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Hidden Treasure, 5.12    Jackson Falls, Illinois -- 9/29/2014

Hidden Treasure, 5.12 (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Hidden Treasure, 5.12    Jackson Falls, Illinois -- 9/29/2014

Farmer's tan... on my neck and arms. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Farmer's tan... on my neck and arms.
Farmer's tan... the secret of my charms.
Every girl wants a man with a farmer's tan.    Jackson Falls, Illinois -- 9/29/2014

Hidden Treasure, 5.12 (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Hidden Treasure, 5.12    Jackson Falls, Illinois -- 9/29/2014

Hidden Treasure, 5.12 (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Hidden Treasure, 5.12    Jackson Falls, Illinois -- 9/29/2014

Butterfly (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Butterfly    Jackson Falls, Illinois -- 9/29/2014