James and I climbed the six-pitch Sunburnt Buttress of Mt. Tibrogargan. Though a more challenging climb than my previous ascent, I felt more comfortable with the exposure. I led three of the pitches, enjoying one of them more than almost any other lead I have ever done. After clipping into the third bolt, I took a minute to get control of my breath and determine my next sequence. I climbed deliberately and smoothly, feeling better at the top than I had all week.
After five hours at the wall, we were ready for a change of pace. We hiked up Mt. Ngungun for sunset.
Sunday we climbed the first three pitches of The Remains of the Day. The top two pitches were closed for a nesting peregrine falcon, but we enjoyed the view from the third pitch. We both climbed solidly, building on the previous day’s success.
Climbing brings with it a certain clarity I can’t find elsewhere. You don’t think about anything other than where you want to go and how you are going to get there.