May 13, 2010
I spent a couple more hours top roping and bouldering last night at Brooklyn Boulders with my friend Chris. BKB built a few more walls which they opened Monday. There are two really fun 5.7 inverted climbs that we had a good time on and one 5.9 that was nearly impossible. Getting beat by the 5.9 was a little discouraging but we made up for it by conquering a tricky 5.8 that we'd never done before. There's also a V3 traverse in the bouldering area that continues to kick our asses. We can both make it past the crux and nearly to the end of the route but then we're forced to use the REALLY TINY holds if we want to top out. At this point in my climbing, I'm realizing that I'm going to have to rely on the tiny two-finger holds if I want to complete routes. The problem is that my finger strength is pretty much nonexistant when I get to the end of this route.... time for POWER PUTTY. Chris gave me this stuff last night and I'm squishing & squeezing away in my cubical this morning. I can see how this stuff could actually help. I will risk ridicule from coworkers if the power of this silly blue putty (but not silly putty) pays off the next time I climb.