We awoke early the next day and cooked up a hearty breakfast of oats with brown sugar and eggs. Our coffee was stronger than usual and still barely digestible. Our rations were slimming and our water would barely last the day. This would be our last day of climbing at Devil’s Head. We searched for a a cliff with more difficult climbing. We found a gem of a cliff with strong routes up at the top of the valley, The Scooter Trash wall (a poignant stab at the high traffic of ATV riders near Devil’s Head). The wall sees shade for most of the day and is cooled by a wind from the west. We sent our hardest routes at the Scooter Trash Wall, many of them requiring a great deal of strength and balance.
The hardest route I finished, titled Kawasaki Hood Ornament, was a tenuous onsight attempt. I climbed easily to the crux of the climb and started up the wrong way! I had to down climb a move or two to re-position my body and try again. This time I got it. The guidebook describes the crux as “Powerful getting to the lip of the roof, then utter smurch getting over it!” I agree with the author. I was positioned on the crux, ready to make committing moves up, when my heel fell loose of the wall and I tensed preparing to fall. Somehow I remained stuck to the wall and was able to get a better foot hold. I grabbed two opposing flats on the wall, over my head, and threw my body over the lip to a positive rail of rock half a body length away. I secured a handhold with three fingers and hoisted myself up and over. Utter smurch indeed!
Rob & I kept climbing until our strength faded. We decided to pack up and head out. Next on our adventure: Garden of the Gods, a world famous climbing area in metro Colorado Springs.