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[Jun. 14th, 2005|11:19 pm]
So, while the Tsunami Alert was in force, I finally got down to Planet Granite (Santa Clara) with someone from work and did some climbing. It appears that if I'm not completely tired I should have no problems with a 5.8, but towards the end of the day I was struggling with a 5.7. Oh well, I should be getting more practice since it sounds like we'll be going weekly or biweekly.

One thing that was wierd was their belay technique was completely different from what I was used to. I'm used to holding the rope with the left hand when you reset the right, but holding it in front of you (so your left hand is always on the live end of the rope as well). Their suggested way has your left hand switching from the live end to the dead end, and doing the transfer way below your belay device. I can understand why its somewhat safer, I suppose, but its was giving me trouble (since I spent a full summer 3-6 hours a day belaying the other way, and then most of a semester of high school belaying the other way).

Hmm, that was probably way more confusing than it should have been.

Also, their ropes are no where near as well maintained as the other places I've done climbing/ropes course work. Oh well. I had a good time.