Whitestone is a beautiful beautiful area by Waterbury CT. It almost feels like something out of a Tolkien novel.
On Saturday, Tony, Paulette, and I went climbing at Whitestone. I started with an easy 5.4 lead and then we did a little toprope action.
After the toprope, I attempted ‘Structures’.
‘Structures’ has an intimidating hand traverse about 40 feet off the ground which capitalizes on the ‘Freak Out’ factor. Once you start, you really can’t stop. If you fall, you’ll take a serious zinger and put quite a bit of stress on your gear.
The first move is a mild reach and then a high step onto a sloped surface.
Then, you reach out with and move your hands further and further along. Notice there’s no solid feet placement along that wall.
Finally, you have to swing your leg up and over a ledge, all the while, hoping that your gear is good and that your fingers have the strength to finish the task.
It was an amazing amazing climb. But, I think that I’m going to hold off on trying to lead any more 5.9’s. At least for the time being.