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An Arkansas Christmas

Horses at the Horseshoe Canyon Ranch near Jasper, Arkansas.

Christmas in Arkansas has been, well, cold. Like 20 degrees cold, which according to NOAA feels more like 15, and according to me feels more like negative 15—a definite shock from warm, dry Hueco. But the bitter conditions were a welcome change from the past few days of nonstop torrential downpours, the boulders were at least dry. After a few fun photography-filled rest days with the goats and horses, I started to go a little stir crazy. Thank god for the upstairs climbing wall, basketball/hula hooping court and speleo box, a dark splintery maze best performed wearing a padded, lubricated suit. And on a more positive note, Paul Robinson stole the second ascent of Daniel Woods‘ 8b (V13) Welcome to Fight Club in the bone-chilling temps. Check out some photos here–my fingers were barely working so I apologize they’re not better…More photos to come…

Dec. 25, 2009-Paul Robinson makes a Christmas ascent of Welcome to Fight Club (8b/V13) in bitterly cold conditions. It's the second ascent of the long fingery traverse Daniel Woods established last year on the Bloody Knuckles boulder in Arkansas. "It was epic conditions, I just had to do it," Robinson said. "It felt like the egrips traverse at CATS."

Dec. 25, 2009-Paul Robinson makes a Christmas ascent of Welcome to Fight Club (8b/V13) in bitterly cold conditions. It's the second ascent of the long fingery traverse Daniel Woods established last year on the Bloody Knuckles boulder in Arkansas. "It was epic conditions, I just had to do it," Robinson said. "It felt like the egrips traverse at CATS."

Dec. 25, 2009-Paul Robinson makes a Christmas ascent of Welcome to Fight Club (8b/V13) in bitterly cold conditions. It's the second ascent of the long fingery traverse Daniel Woods established last year on the Bloody Knuckles boulder in Arkansas. "It was epic conditions, I just had to do it," Robinson said. "It felt like the egrips traverse at CATS."

Dec. 25, 2009-Paul Robinson makes a Christmas ascent of Welcome to Fight Club (8b/V13) in bitterly cold conditions. It's the second ascent of the long fingery traverse Daniel Woods established last year on the Bloody Knuckles boulder in Arkansas. "It was epic conditions, I just had to do it," Robinson said. "It felt like the egrips traverse at CATS."

Dec. 25, 2009-Paul Robinson makes a Christmas ascent of Welcome to Fight Club (8b/V13) in bitterly cold conditions. It's the second ascent of the long fingery traverse Daniel Woods established last year on the Bloody Knuckles boulder in Arkansas. "It was epic conditions, I just had to do it," Robinson said. "It felt like the egrips traverse at CATS."

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