- I have been far too busy looking for unclimbed rock when the climbed bits are quite good
- I may have a diferent view on what makes a good slate experience...
Traditional views on what makes a good slate route:
- Strong line
- Memorable moves
- Reliable protection
- Trustworthy rock
- Wanting to climb that route again
In my quests and foray's into the slate realm I've been drawn to a slightly skewed criteria:
- Memorable setting
- Magnetic line
- Guarenteed adventure
- An intimate psychological experience
- A Good Name
Therefore, here is my alternative slate list:
- Act Naturally (p77) Still my favorite VS.
- See you Bruce (p81) My first E3 lead (back when it only had 2 bolts).
- Big Thursday (p56) Inspected but not started yet (still toying with a solo like Buffer).
- The Serpent Vein (p97) A memorable belay duty.
- Dali Mirror (p102) Sandbag-tastic.
- California Arete (p119) best experienced in solitude.
- Fruit of the Gloom (p122) an equal balance of desire and revulsion.
- Taith Mawr (p172) (trumpet blowing alert) a proud moment.
- Bushmaster with the Scorpion finish (p172) all that is good about Joe Brown routes.
- Josy Puss (p181) the line! the line! (still lacking courage).
- Rainbow of Recalcitrance (p203) one day..
- Come inside (p225) again, a good solo experience.
- Liquid Armbar (p290) (trumpet blowing alert) distilled sweat in a jewel of an arena
- Bring me the head of Don Quixote (p299) (trumpet blowing alert) I didn't give it stars in the guide as it's specialist enjoyment, but a stout adventure in another surreal hole.
- Giddy Variations on a Theme (p304) less a line, more a desire.
Five left to do