Monday, July 6, 2009

YES Tour day 27, 108 climbs


total climbs for day: 27
total climbs for tour: 108
Miles biked: 12
hills named "Kill Hill" biked up: 1

We started our morning at the Wanderlust Hostel with some coffee or tea and a relaxed pace. Then it was off for the much hyped breakfast special sandwiches at the Firebrand before we got down to the real business of the day, rock climbing. We biked 6 miles to Hartman Rocks. Unfortunately the last bit was up the aptly named "Kill Hill" which wasn't all that high, but it was very steep. We started climbing at Buddha Belly, then moved to another area where we did 4 more climbs, some in the rain. We were joined by one of Chelsey's friends, Alyssa, who helped her weather the excesses of experienced male rock climber suggestions and heckling. We were grazed by a few thunderstorms here, but managed to keep climbing. Then we moved on further up the hill to do a 5.6 slab that turned out to be more of a sketchy 5.10. Instead of that one, Chelsey lead another climb that was actually more 5.6. Then for a finale we ascended "Penis Rock", a free standing pillar with a 4 bolt tricky face climb up it. This brought our total rock climbs for the YES Tour to 108.

The reason 108 was chosen as the goal for many of the YES Tour activities is because of it's significance in Eastern Religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and connected yoga and dharma based practices. It is the product of 9 and 12, 2 squared times 3 to the third, the hyperfactorial of 3, it is a refactorable number. In Hindu Astrology, 9 is the number of planets and there are 12 Zodiac signs. The Hindu deities have 108 names, the mala has 108 beads, there are 108 sins in Tibetan Buddhism, there are 27 lunar mansions with 4 quarters each... you get the idea.

We bicycled carefully back down Kill Hill (it is scary going down steep dirt roads in slicks) and back to the hostel for a barbecue and more catching up (photos and blogging). Maybe 108 hours of sleep would completely revive me.

YES Tour Day 27 at SpotAdventures

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