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Weekend Whipper: Dry Firing off “Life After Greenstone” (V9)

Sometimes two spotters just ain't enough.

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This one comes from Peter Malander, captured during a March 2019 sesh out at the boulders on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Charlottesville, Virginia.

According to Peter, the crux of Life After Greenstone (V9), seen here, can be done two ways. One either tries the method Peter opted for, involving holding a gnarly swing, or does a “double clutch to a better right hand hold as you are swinging.”

Peter dry fired off at peak swingage, “the worst possible time,” he says.

He explains, “There is a drop off that starts at the end of the pads, but no one else fell back that far so we thought it was going to be fine. As I landed I kicked out a pad with my foot and ended up hitting the rock and it was covering with my elbow when I hit the deck.”

Luckily Peter ended up with nothing more than a bruised elbow. “I did ruin the psych of the rest of the crew on the problem though,” he says.

Happy Friday and climb safe this weekend!


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