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Brian Weaver discovers that “It’s All Uphill…”

Last time I was punching my keyboard for this site I was really upset because of my A2 pulley rupture…  Well, it’s been 12 weeks since then and the finger is recovered.  A lot has happened since then.  The worst part of the time involved a 5 week break doing NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING.  No running, no gym; just computer games and parties.  It was a really weird break from climbing.  In the last 12 years, I have not had this much time off.  So, the result:  I gained 4 kgs and went through a considerable number of hang overs XD

BUT at the end of that all, I started working out again.  I started coaching a little and I getting back in the swing of things.  It all started off in Durban with a day at Kirk Falls with Illona and Candice.  Was a lot of fun For my first day back I didn’t do so bad: 6c+, 7a and 7a+ all onsight.  That was great fun!!!  By the way, Kirk Falls is a gem! Get down there and climb!

The week following this I found myself climbing in Waterval Boven trying hard to regain some of my form.  I had some fun in the process.  I climbed a few lines and tried to climb Big Butterfly (7c) only to be foiled by wet cracks in the crux.  I did have a lot of fun climbing some lines in Super Bowl that I haven’t been on in quite a while, like Karfoefeling (7b).

Brian Weaver Karfoefeling in Boven.

Climbing Karfoefeling in Boven. Photo by Gustav.

I received quite a big box of gear from Outward Ventures  which included my new Roca Dominator 9.2mm 80m rope and La Sportiva Solutions!!!   Amongst gear were a couple dinner packs from Back Country Cuisine!  I can tell you right now, the Cottage Pie is amazing!  If you need something that is light weight and quick to prepare while you’re on a camping trip you can’t possibly go wrong.  Most of the packs involve adding about a cup of water (more or less depending on the meal) and waiting 10 minutes until you have a fantastic meal.  They also have some new dehydrated fruit snacks that are FANTASTIC.  Make sure you grab some for your hikes or climbs.

view from Arjan's place

view from Arjan’s place

Gear that makes trips possible.

Gear that makes trips possible.

Back Country Cuisine

Back Country Cuisine

The climbing I had been doing was all preparation for my trip to the Western Cape to climb sport lines in a place that everyone knows about but no one may write about (no comment).  Really cool climbing in this place but unfortunately I can’t post any pics for anyone else to look at except maybe the hike in.

milner walk in

Hiking into you know where to do you know what (with Andrew’s knee still intact!).

By the time I actually got to Cape Town I was ready to do some bouldering, but not before going for Sushi with Beth, JTF, Sean, Colin, Jen and Jono at Harry’s!  Unbelievable sushi!  The Yellow Tail Sashimi was so fresh it was fantastic.  It was Beth’s birthday so we had to celebrate.

Yellow Fin Tuna Sashimi

Yellow Fin Tuna Sashimi at Harry’s! Best Ever!

The next morning I drove through to Outward Ventures to see where I was going to be staying.  I was sleeping in the store room on the floor and it was great :)  I was really happy to be there and nothing would make me unhappy at this point.  After a short greeting session with Rob and Geoff, Jono and I departed for Echo Valley so that we could meet up with Steve Bradshaw to get in some bouldering. I didn’t realize how tired my body was from the weekend until we started the walk up to Echo…

Initially when we got to the boulders Steve and I were really disappointed because of the weather and the fact that they were actually dripping wet. Surprisingly enough, the wind changed and in less that an hour Steve was trying Skobbejak (8B) and having fun. When his skin was done we headed down to Mintberry Crunch (8A) for me to figure out what I needed to do.

Arriving in Echo Valley

Arriving in Echo Valley

It was not easy for an out of shape Brian. The crux for me is getting my right heel locked into place. I tried it for three sessions and on the final session fell dabbed the rock underneath my ass.  I also slipped out of the heel at least 6 times. So the final result was a lot of fun but not success!!! Damn.

Working Mintberry Crunch (8A) in Echo Valley.

Working Mintberry Crunch (8A) in Echo Valley.

Finish hold on Mintberry.

Finish hold on Mintberry.

I met up with Marijus, Rowan and Maciek while I was in Cape Town.  Maciek and Rowan were working the stand of Cthulhu when I got there.  Rowan walked all over it and started working on the 8A+ sit.  On our last day when the weather set in, Arjan was doing laps on Mintberry Crunch, which he flashed when he first tried it.

Cthulhu (8A+)

Cthulhu (8A+)

When Squeaky and Sheldon arrived we tried a 7B+ called Lonely Boy.  It is a really cool problem though conditions were inhibiting me from topping out due to the wet / damp undercling slots at the top of Los Muisenbergers (8A).

Lonely Boy (7B+)

Working my way up Lonely Boy (7B+) with the spotting arms of Sheldon and Sqeaky.

The next day we headed up to TM where we had a really cool day at the JIMBO WALL!  I’ll be honest, I was scared shitless trying to work out Tripple Jeopardy (8a+ trad) ground up.  My skin was slippery and I hadn’t climbed trad in quite a while, maybe 5 months or so, and climbing that sketchy 7a+ start was a bit more than scary, particularly when I had to take the wingers off of tiny Wild Country Z3 and Z4 cams.  SMALL anyone?

This trip was really amazing for me.  I just wish that I hadn’t just recovered from a 5 week break. I felt like I was weak for a lot of it.  But that’s alright, I’m more psyched than ever.  Since I’ve been back in JHB I haven’t had a rest day.  So that is somewhere along the lines of 15 days, sometimes with two training sessions a day.

I’ve also been coaching Tristan and Alistair in their preparations for the U13 Comp at the Rory Lowther Memorial Competition.  I was going to compete when I heard about the difficulty competition which was 4 routes, however, upon discovering that the difficulty was linked to the Saturday’s proceedings I couldn’t participate.  I don’t mind.  It’s going to be a great weekend.

My next installment happen much sooner as I discuss the Rory as well as the training program that I’ve set out for myself.  Till then, here are some pics from Table Mountain.

Lunch on TM after a hard morning on Triple Jeopardy (8a+ trad).

Lunch on TM after a hard morning on Triple Jeopardy (8a+ trad).

Squeaky getting bendy on Jeopardy (7c+ trad)!

Squeaky getting bendy on Jeopardy (7c+ trad)!

The view from Table Mountain

The view from Table Mountain

Jono offering the dassie a cigarette... That little guy had not fear (I'm talking about the dassie, the rest of us were a bit worried).

Jono offering the dassie a cigarette… That little guy had not fear (I’m talking about the dassie, the rest of us were a bit worried).

 

The Jimbo Wall on TM with the Jeopardy routes!

The Jimbo Wall on TM with the Jeopardy routes!

Looking out at Lion's Head from Table Mountain

Looking out at Lion’s Head from Table Mountain

 

 

 

Brian Weaver

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5 Responses to Brian Weaver discovers that “It’s All Uphill…”

  1. emile Mar 19, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    Awesome. Psyched for your next write up ;-)

  2. Albert Mar 19, 2014 at 11:51 pm #

    Very nice Brian, your youthful energy and drive is commendable and a true inspiration. Just one question please: WTF’s up with all this foreign grades you keep on using?

  3. Ebert Mar 20, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Keep on crushing:D

  4. Mike J Mar 20, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

    Nice Brian. Cool to see you enjoying the challenge of things that aren’t usually challenging for you. :-) Glad the recovery is going well.

  5. Matthew Apr 4, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    Briliant stuff – makes it difficult to sit in the office though.

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