Summer is drawing to a close and it is time to start wrapping up those projects. September is one of our favourite months of the year for climbing, and Graham took it upon himself to usher in the season of Sendtember with style. So now I get to gush a little…
Graham had been projecting Division Bell (5.13d) at Chek on and off for a couple summers. One of Squamish’s Top 100 climbs, it climbs the striking diagonal crack from the bottom left to the top right of the 35-40 degree overhanging “Big Show” wall. The route has two cruxes: the “real” crux just before a midway alcove, and an unforgiving redpoint crux at the second to last draw.
Stoked to have made some great progress on Division Bell (5.13d) as rains hit the #squamish valley this weekend. Can't wait to jump back on this fun line. #climbing #rockclimbing #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #climbonsquamish #justgoclimb #noplacetoofar #e9climbing #e9clothing #liveclimbrepeat #getoutside #climbinglife
The redpoint crux is a major mental challenge that has thwarted many a climber, many a time. Graham fell at this point in the route a number of times, and had this to say about the process and the send:
Projecting can be very mentally draining. Falling in the same spot over and over can become discouraging. It is important to remember that progress can be measured by more than just a high point. Tonight that rang true for me after falling for the 15th time in the same spot at the end of Division Bell (5.13d)...but this time I am leaving with renewed psych. 📷 @dan.beland of me pulling the crux on one of many goes last year. #climbing #rockclimbing #climbmoja #grippedmagazine #liveclimbrepeat #iloveclimbing #noplacetoofar #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #justgoclimb #squamish #knowyourroutes #iloooveit #squamishisawesome #climbingisbliss #mecstaffer
So when a grey and drizzly September 1st rolled around and Graham cruised up the route he had been on dozens and dozens of times to clip the chains at last, we were ecstatic! It was a superb day. I know that Graham (and I) are both super thankful for the ongoing support and encouragement from so many wonderful friends over the course of this (fun!) battle.
Many thanks to Squamish Climbing Magazine and Gripped Magazine for their supportive shout-outs as well:
Aaaaaaand a few more photos from last week, with photo talent credit going to our good friend Dan 🙂
We can’t wait to see what the rest of Sendtember will bring 😀