First Pitch of Malan's Waterfall (WI4+ according to Mountainproject, 140ft)
Nearing the top of Ben Lomond with Kelsey
On our way back from Lewis Peak
The primary focus of this winter has been about perfecting our systems--not only our technical systems (building anchors, transitions between pitches, etc), but also our physical bodies (though perfecting is far from what is happening to my body) and our clothing and gear systems. Perfecting one's system is critical for moving fast, light, and safe in the mountains. In the past, I have been held back from moving fast for these three reasons (one or the other, not usually all three reasons at the same time). We have a relatively big objective in mind this winter, and having our systems dialed could be the difference between success and failure.
The next few posts will focus on my clothing system and some other good options.