Climbed it once over twenty five tears ago now. Got to lead the second pitch, stands out crystal clear in my minds eye today.
Golden, burly, leaning and excellent. Watched Werner climb it without a rope once. Jehayzuz!
I luv Meat grinder... I did the first pitch while a friend was working on the first pitch of the "great " climb just to the left.....Finger something 11+.... then Werner and Merry show up and WB climbs the 11 with about 3 Pieces, crazy sh#t man.
Then a tree cutting buddy from my home town shows up and leads Meat grinder with about 2 Pieces on the second pitch, Crazy Bastard......Beer is good and God is great.....
"sustained at 5.9", ha, awesome. the 1st pitch felt 5.9. the 2nd one did not. i ran into merry braun at the base who gave me the following beta:
"you'll be fine, just don't fall. whatever you do, don't fall. also when you get up there, don't fall."
so i didn't fall but i brought lots of wide stuff, for once more gear than was recommended in supertacos if y'all can believe it. i brought a 6 friend, a new c4 #5, 3 #4s, a 3.5, 2 #3s, assorted smaller gear, and placed all of it. there is a section nearer the top that's super wide and *scary*. i'm guessing this is where merry told me not to fall. supertacos recommends doubles up 3.5 and a 4.5 i think. if you like having security on wide stuff, i'd bring more.
anyways, i thought this was really fun and an ass kicker, but definitely cookie classic.
Photo: Todd Snyder
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