With the new terrain in the expansion, we’ve started doing “splitzy routes”(my newly coined term)… it’s crowded down low and lots of space up top, so we have been splitting a route into an easier and harder variation. You’ll start to see a few more of these. Because of our splitzy routes, we’re up to 110 routes right now. We’re, admittedly, a little low on 5.9’s, and we have an overabundance of 5.11+, 10- and 10. It should start normalizing over the next couple of weeks, as we adjust for it during setting.
A lot of our SCS comp routes are starting to come down, so we’re setting twice in the expansion this week. There are some new moderates and a couple of low-grade 12’s that went up today. Last friday some new hard stuff was put up in the tsunami, so if you’re fixing to crank some easy or hard 13’s, go check them out.
If you’ve been following the blog at all (i’d be amazed) or have been climbing in the gym and actually pay attention to our route names, then you most likely have noticed the proliferation of “Dally” themed routes. It is in honor of Dallas (aka Dtron) who is leaving mid-august. Only, we’re in desperate need of good Dally route names. It’s really been a steady downhill dive ever since the “Dally Lhama” and “Dilly Dally” were used up. I mean, “Dally Donkey”, my last Dally route, is fairly contrived and far-reaching. The donkey theme is my go-to move when the creative juices are all dried up. So, feel free to post some dally themed route names in the comments and maybe we’ll use them!
Also, If you see a skinny little Dally romping and frolicking his jolly little way about the gym, make sure to wish him well in his journeys.
I’ve been contemplating a routesetting game lately…. We’ll leave a vote section up on each new route for the “Guess who the routesetter is?” game. Only… i might even give a task to each setter to emulate another setter. Sound complicated? Sound fun? Maybe both?
What follows is an example to abate any confusion you might have:
Let’s suppose Patrick (PM) was instructed to set like Ng (myself). If you happen to vote NG then patrick wins(i guess you kinda do too). If you vote PM then YOU win and he loses! If you vote TM for some odd reason then everybody loses. What do you win, you might ask? Pride points and bragging rights. Increased gym status. Personal power and greatly increased climbing abilities. And who wouldn’t want all of that?
Okay, i’m off to go running. Apparently, i have a honey stinger addiction. The only way to live with the guilt that accompanies the excess calories is to overtrain myself. Or so i was told by Smarvs and McNichols. Proper NMA‘ers, if i do say so myself.