Banging them all out

Busiest climbing week so far! We climbed 7 out of the last 8 days as of Monday. We didn’t really want to take a day off due to upcoming bad weather but also because we aren’t going to climb as much as we currently visit Elaine’s family.

Elaine's cousin's kids

Elaine’s cousin’s kids

We visited a total of four crags during those days. Val-David( Dufresne Park), Julien Lebedan, Montagne D’argent and Lac Boisseau, in that order. All of them except for Lac Boisseau were slabby and we were delighted to climb overhanging rock with positive holds there. It gave our fingers a chance to finally grow back some skin. Even when the climbing was slabby, we managed to find some sweet routes to climb. We also worked on our crack & trad climbing.

 

Crack climbing at Julien Labedan

Crack climbing at Julien Labedan

Belaying at Jean Labedan crag

Belaying at Jean Labedan crag

Cracker Joe at la Montagne d'Argent. 5.9+ trad.

Cracker Joe at la Montagne d’Argent. 5.9+ trad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt trying to thicken the skin on his fingertips with crazy glue.

Matt trying to thicken the skin on his fingertips with crazy glue.

The weather was really hot last week. Most days were  between 25C & 30C+. At “la Montagne D’argent” we were able to cool off at a lake not too far from the climbing. It was fairly secluded and therefore real quiet. We went there twice and on the second day we brought some beers to enjoy by the lake. Life is tough! Math also did some cliff jumping across the lake and it might have been higher than the bridge we jumped off  earlier this summer. In any case it was much scarier as you have to clear the ledge and you can’t see where you’re going to hit the water.

The kind of rock we were hoping to climb was finally found at Lac Boisseau. This crag is small with only 30 routes but it’s awesome. Matt got to put his hands on allegedly the best or at least one of the best 5.12 route in Quebec. He didn’t send it but really enjoyed it. The other great thing about this crag is that it’s also located 20 meters away from a lake. The water was refreshing and we made good use of it!

The overhang at Lac Boisseau. Best climbing we did in Quebec after Kamouraska.

The overhang at Lac Boisseau. Best climbing we did in Quebec after Kamouraska.

Alright. It’s pretty hard to wear a helmet when you’re baking in the sun. Matt learned the hard way that you don’t choose when you get hurt. He was really happy to have made it past a 5.11d crux route and stood up quickly after reaching the ledge. Well there was a small roof right above it and he got a bloody head from it. The call was made by Doctor Elaine that no stitches were needed and we kept on climbing. We’ve started carrying a first aid kit afterwards 🙂

Wear you helmets kids! It's a little nerve racking to touch your head while your climbing and see a bloody hand.

Wear you helmets kids! It’s a little nerve racking to touch your head while your climbing and see a bloody hand.

Matt: I’m going to add more to the friends you make while climbing. There’s also something about climbing mid-weed. It seems like the week day climbers go out of their way more to climb, that they are more dedicated & have more experience. These people are great and it’s amazing to chat with them. The flip side is that because we are on the road, we are probably never going to see these people again. We are in this daily cycle of high and lows with these people that we meet. It’s like “Hey you’re great let’s climb together today” followed by a “Well it was fun but good bye forever”. Therefore, do you try to keep in touch with the people you meet randomly at the wall with the idea of potentially hanging out at a later time or do you simply focus on the moment? Elaine thinks I’m being a bit of drama queen with this and she’s more about enjoying the moment. I’ll keep thinking about that.

Elaine in the water with Jeff & Dan which we climbed with for a couple of days.

Elaine in the water with Jeff & Dan which we climbed with for a couple of days.

As mentioned earlier, we are now in Rouyn-Noranda for a week or two. There’s a little crag not too far we might visit called Mont Kekeko. Otherwise we will be visiting her family and friends.

BUDGET!!!

August 7 – August 13: Weekly & Total since we left 7 weeks ago.

Fuel: $135.82 / $1379.19
Food: $76.08 / $506.76
Fun: $27.47 / $516.66

Total for the week without fuel: $103.55
Total with fuel: $239.37

Total spent since the beginning: $2402.61
Total budget: $15160.55 (+$1.90, empties)
Budget left: $12757.94

E & M

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