It’s Saturday around two in the afternoon and the weather is almost perfect. After working a Joshua Tree classic for over half an hour we decided to join our friends across the street at another popular climb, Double Cross. I was worried that JBMFP had left me with almost no tips on my fingers, but either way I was set to get my hands on my first Trad route. Unfortunately before going to the climb I decided to drop off my crashpad at the car and with it my climbing shoes. When I decided to rope up the only thing I could do to not further upset the two climbers waiting to climb after us, was to climb in my approach shoes. The route initiated with some easy scrambling onto a bulging ledge which then brought me to the actual hand and foot jams. The first ten to fifteen feet were simple until the crack began to get bigger and deeper. I then began to climb like a complete crack noob! With every five to eight feet I climbed I would slide down the crack about two, because my foot jams were sloppy. To make it worse I began to get frustrated and started smearing instead of jamming my feet in the crack. I eventually began to move up and over the overhanging stuff and made it to the easier section and then the “exposed” chimney end. Which I thought was super easy, although if I lead it I probably would have cried. The next time I get to climb this route I will not forget my shoes.
After one of the most extremely windy nights I have ever experienced at Joshua Tree and being woken up by one of the walls of my tent smacking me in the face, we decided to search for some areas protected from the wind. The only place we thought would be great was Echo Rock. So we packed our gear and headed over to hidden valley to escape the wind. There I think I redeemed myself with a one take send of a harder crack climb called Pinky Lee’s at Echo Rock. Even though it wasn’t my first time climbing the route it felt awesome because I got to use my new pair of TC Pro’s I had purchased at the REI used gear sale for thirty dollars brand new! Hopefully I get to practice some crack climbing soon and get to continue breaking in my TC Pro’s, until then keep crushing and thanks for reading!