My back is continually getting better and I have been able to push my bouldering grade to a point that I never thought I would be able to do. There are still ups and downs but overall it is feeling really good. I still struggle with lifting things that are heavy and definitely hard impacts are not good. On the good days I feel great especially when I am out bouldering. On the bad days I lack the body tension required to preform as I want. There is still rehab work to be done to strengthen the lower back muscles but I cannot believe how quickly I have come along after such an invasive surgery.
Since my last post I managed to send The Summoning Sit V12. This is one of my favourite problems I have ever done. It climbs this amazing prow and requires a lot of squeezing and slapping. Before I sent I got through the crux making it to the slippery mantel. I ended up slipping off the mantel and missed my pad but landed on my feet, luckily! After a rest, I got to the top, taking a lot more care on the mantel.
I also had a fun alpine adventure with my good buddy Ross Mailloux. We scrambled up Co-Pilot and Sky Pilot which we accessed from the Sea to Sky Gondola. The gondola has been a great addition to Squamish and provides a very civilized way to reach the alpine and a nice way to get down at the end of a long day. I love getting up into the alpine and enjoying the views from the top of the local peaks.
I have always wanted to climb at the iconic crag called Acephale in Canmore because of the large concentration of hard climbs. Finally I got that chance while in Canmore! Josh Muller and Regan Kennedy showed Natalia and I around. I had a great time playing around on a couple of cool routes including Existence Mundane 14b which a friend of mine, Scott Milton who did the first ascent in the late 90's. I can't wait to go back and climb there again!