I was sitting at home last night when my phone beeped, indicating a new message. The message was an invitation to join some friends bouldering at Lincoln Woods the following day. Having just been to ‘the woods’ that day I was hesitant to go, but with stellar weather in the forecast and good company assured I could not pass up the offer. The Doubleheader is not easily accomplished, especially at a place such as Lincoln Woods. My hands were feeling the abuse dished out the day before and my arms were weakened from the prior day’s effort at The Pond Cave.
The key to making day two of the Doubleheader a success is managing expectations. Very rarely on your second day in a row of hard climbing do you send something proud, so it is best not to go into the day even thinking about finishing a project. If you do by chance send something proud that is a bonus, because day two is really about having a good time and jumping on problems that you find enjoyable.
The weather did not disappoint us with an abundance of sunshine creating comfortable temperatures and warm rock. We did the Lincoln Woods sampler today and had some successes mixed in with the failures, but most importantly everyone had a great day and enjoyed a perfect fall morning. We visited four separate boulders and I even sent something I had never done before.
We started the day by visiting the Ship’s Prow, a great boulder to warm up. The Ship’s Prow contains tons of moderates and even a few spicy, tallish, slab problems.