This was the first time I seriously worked on a route. I spent a lot of the 2011 summer working on the route and came very close a number of times, falling at the bottom crux then getting back on a climbing to the top of the route clean. I worked hard in the off season, bouldering in my home gym and the Squamish Coop Gym, and a trip to Indian Creek Utah. My hard work paid off! My first time back on the route in the spring I one hung it. I sent it 2 try's later?
With Pulse behind me it allowed me finally move on and climb some other routes in places other than Chek. I did a few more great sport routes such as: Limelight 13c in 4 tries, The Pass 13b in 3 tries, a first accent at Murrin Park Shaving with a Knife 13a. I focused on the later part of the season on climbing routes that I have always want to do and had not tired yet or hard not sent yet. The highlight was sending the crack climb test piece Flight of the Challenge on my 2nd lead try. I had top roped the route once 2 years ago, once last year, and once this year. It is such an amazing climb; overhanging and powerful at the beginning, balancey at technical in the middle, and sustained at the end. A must do for those who can.
I cannot forget to mention my first free accent of an old aid route called The Terror in the gully on the right side of the Apron on the Stawamus Chief. I first got interested in this route about 3 years ago and put in a few days of work adding anchors and cleaning the moss off the rock. It is an impressive roof that can easily been seen from the highway and it climbs very well. I went there one afternoon with my friend Jeremy Blumel with the intention to aid the roof and clean the crack as I went. To my amazement the roof was actually fairly clean and it only took me an hour to clean the route. I back aided the line, put on my rock shoes, racked up and went for it. I sent it first try and Jeremy also get it clean seconding it. We rappelled down and it was done!
I don't usually spend a lot of time bouldering but every time I go out I have a great time. Over the past couple of years I have only put in about 10 - 15 days in the boulders (but I boulder a lot indoors). Although, I have been able to send some very good problems when I do get out. Last year I managed to do a V10 and 3 V9's over the course of 3 days. This spring I sent a V9 in about 10 tries and did a V11 in 2 days and the other day I did a V10 and 4 V7's in a day. I would love to do a V12 and maybe this winter on a cold and cool day I will be able to!