Amazing winter day of climbing at Beacon Rock! We did the amazing link-up of “Free For All” 5.10a start to “Dod’s Jam” p2 5.10c to “Dastardly Crack” 5.9 and finished on the hikers trail.
David emailed and said the forecast “required” us to go climbing – being my 44th birthday I quickly checked his requested climb site, Horse Thief Butte, and replied “I’m in even it’s it cold and foggy”. As the day approached I longed for blue skies which led me to check the forecast to Beacon Rock and the forecast was “50’s and sunny”! When David climbed in my truck in the Kennewick Freddy’s parking lot I asked him if he cared that we drive a bit further for stellar weather and rock! Beacon is the birthplace of my climbing so I was excited when David said he was up for anything!
We climbed an amazing link-up, of which I had climbed the first 2 pitches previously but hadn’t climbed “Dastardly Crack” 5.9. I was a bit apprehensive but game… Hey! What better way to spend my 44th birthday than climb at my home turf?!
We climbed 444′, 4 pitches in 4 hrs and 44 min. (some numbers are fudged to better compliment my 44th birthday)