There was a 40% chance of rain on Friday in Leavenworth, so Eric and I decided to go white water rafting for a few hours. Of course it did not rain. Thus, after paddling through the rapids we headed over to The Sword Boulders down Icicle Road. It is at mile 8.8 near a large dirt pullout. The area is crowded on weekends, but om Friday evening we had the area to ourselves. Eric’s arms were still week from intense climbing a few days earlier at the Gym and Vantage and I’m not that great outdoors yet, so we stuck to easy problems.

Underwear Rock is the first boulder encountered in this area and offers some fun problems, great for high level boulders as a warmup and for beginners to hone technique. We started out on “Boxers” V0 and “The Crack” V0-, both with good holds and technical footwork.

We moved on to the next boulder which has varied problems. On one side there is a low roof making the routes more challenging. I climbed “X1” V0 which begins on and solid holds and turns into a scary friction climb for the final 3 moves. Excellent problem. I also attempted “Cubicle Gangster” V0, but with no luck. Eric completed “Played like a Poop Butt” V0+ and “X2” V2.

Even further back Eric and I worked on “I <3 Jugs” V2… even though our arms were not behaving. It’s a great problems that definitely deserved its 3 start rating. Hopefully we can work on it again soon. I was able to top out on “Sofa King” V0 beside it.

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