Friday, Andy and I walked out to “Two Big Rocks” at Coopers Rock – a sport climbing area…we managed to find it first try and were psyched!
Then, I got this crazy idea – that I wanted to try and repeat the old classic “Pump It Out” 5.11d R – which was put up by Cal Swoager in the late 80s? or early 90s?. We were not sure on the “R” rating until Mike Paugh try the route as well – fell at the crux and ripped both pieces of gear, hitting the ground. The gear was placed well, but the crack shattered (and trashing my cam.)
Thankfully, we had a handful of crash pads – that coupled with the gear ripping slowed him down enough that he didn’t get seriously injured.
I’m really glad I didn’t fall…and don’t know if I would lead the route again – though I may consider bouldering it – since its only about 30 feet tall…of course the crux is the last move…