Saturday, September 22, 2012

Weekly Sends - I

We thought we'd create a weekly post dedicated to the ranting about sends that the Rock Cricket crew have gotten around to.  For this special occasion (it being the first installment), we'll recap the last TWO weeks or so, "hold onto your butts".

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Let's kick it off with Andy Lundeen, carpenter and highball aficionado (none of his sends were actually highballs).  To start Lund got a quick send of the seldom visited Dog Brain SDS V8 on a boulder that people walk past all the time (we don't know why).  Additionally he ticked off two other great lines that he has spent some time on, the nearby Green Goddess V7, and the slopefest Twisted Steel V7, which he did by headlamp.

Dawson had a good couple of weeks as well.  He dispatched the long overdue Crystal Problem V3, as well as two other projects Spak Attack V4 and Stumpy V5.  On top of all this he has made a new friend named Jesus (the \hey-soos\ variety, we think), who is supposedly sending us a bunch of Lapis brushes.

Following suit, Ryan ticked off a number of problems.  He too had yet to finish the Crystal Problem, but on the same day as Dawson finally finished it up.  Similarly, he got Spak Attack shortly after Dawson.  Additionally he was able to tick off the classic Compressor Roof V5 and French Tips V6 around the corner, by headlamp.  After much finger shredding, he also stuck Squirrel Style V5.  Lastly, on a day trip to Lincoln Woods, despite many shutdowns, he was able to send the classic Peace Dove V3.

On the development front Ryan's work still continues on the Downward Spiral project, as well as a discovery of another undone line in the main area called Bumashtee.  Andy has also cleaned and done some burns on an amazing line tucked into a tricky to access cave in the main area - it awaits an ascent.  In similar news, Ryan has possibly found another area along the slopes of East Mt., miles from the Res, its quality is uncertain.  Down the road from the trail head to this location he has also found a jumble of rock that seemingly holds only one  boulder worth putting time into.  The rock quality on the block is nowhere near that of the Res but it may hold one proud highball.

The proud singular boulder at a new area in the Berkshires

Ryan has also put in a little time at the recently neglected Lovers area in Northwestern CT (uncovered by Dawson and Ryan).  There has yet to be a problem finished in this area though he managed to get to the top many times on a new line called Dagoba System. Due to the need for more top cleaning, and lack of a spotter, he was not able to send.

In other news, Alex and Kyle have been regularly coming up from Southern CT to session the Res, and we are all planning a trip down south for November.  Shane has been busy SCOURING the hills that surround UConn's campus during his last semester, apparently turning up some great untouched rock, as well as some things that have been forgotten over the years.  Hopefully we'll get to go check some of it out.

We'd like to start adding footage to these posts when we have it.  Unfortunately this one won't get any right away, but we do have a couple of these sends, and others, from the last couple of weeks that we'll get up as soon as possible.

Keep climbing.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mission Statement (Kind Of)

You may be wondering what a rock cricket is.  The last time I checked Merriam-Webster, it was defined as..

                            Rock Cricket - \'rak 'kri-ket\
                                             n. A fucked little bug that lives in the cracks, crevices, and dark places
                                                 of Reservoir Rocks and its neighboring climbing locations.

Fear or befriend them, love or hate them, embrace or poke them with a "hole stick", they embody the same sort of lifestyle we all love.  They cling to bare rock.  They spend their free time rummaging through piles of stone.  They are dirty and haggard looking.  Sound familiar?

                Exhibit A:

We here at rock cricket think any day you get on rock is a good one (unless you're bouldering in the Gunks - but we're working on that).  Luckily for us we have been provided with some of the gneissest rock around, pun intended.  Get climbing.  Real content to follow.