Neither Nate or I had really simul-climbed before, but we decided to simul-climb Royal Arches to get to the real prize, Creast Jewel. Neither of us had climbed either of the climbs before, and I had heard from another friend how run out Crest Jewel was. I was also a little worried about the July heat and sun for a fully exposed face climb. My right shoe was also developing some extra air-condition under the big toe (hole). The guy in the climbing shop said, 'ah, should be okay, go early', so we decided to give it a shot.
Our friend Dave was kind enough to drive us over in the pre-dawn calm. Smartly we scoped out the start the day before, so we walked up pre-racked, I slung half the rope over my shoulder and Nate started up (he's the chimney guy) on the first block.
Nate took the next block including the 10b rope swing. It seemed a little slippery to me, but alas, there is the rope swing just in case.
We were racked up (10 draws and three cams) and ready to go by 9:30a. Nate lead out the first 5.9 pitch onto the smooth face.
Monday, Nate and I headed out to Serenity Crack and Sons of Yesterday with our other friend Megan (almost a valley local). Nate got all the glory and lead the entirety of both climbs. They're so good!