We had the blessing of discovering the climbing in Muir Valley on the second day of our trip. A land of grippy sandstone walls and beautifully cooled air pockets dotted the rock face for a crazy looking beehive effect to the stone. Our friend Corey along with the rest of us had the joy of attempting to navigate the overwhelming amount of “holds” that from the ground seem plentiful. As each of us made our way up a route you soon discover that in fact it can become your very demise as you try to find holds that actually works for the move you need to make before you get the infamous Red River Gorge pump.
Corey was climbing the classic 5.10a route “Plate Tectonics” which lends its name to after making through the polished start in the first 2 bolts opens itself to plate like formations with honeycomb like pockets around the edges like a glimpse of the earth’s crust. As you move up the sport climbing route, hitting each bolt, finger tips clinched to those crimps become your saving grace and enjoyment to the anchors.
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