Fresh from raising $700 in a bake sale, GWPC teen team, The East Betas, trudged up the Berkeley Hills to test their plastic beast strength on the polished boulders of Indian Rock and Mortar Rock. All the typical gromits were in full attendance led by the good looking, super talented coaches Ryan Moon, Sam Schwartz, and Ari Oppenheimer. Moon, perhaps the MOST modest of the crew, submitted this trip report to the Touchstone Blog.
We began the day with at Indian Rock. Quotes commonly heard were:
“This is AWESOME!”
“This is scary!”
“This is sharp!”
“Where’s the tape?!”
A small crew of crushers started work on the Mortar moderate classic, The Ramp (V4). With a healthy exchange of beta between the steel fingered few, it wasn’t long before they were making slaps at the spiky summit. Grace Gibbons, an East Beta since day one, was not entirely used to the uncomfortable texture that Mortar Rock has to offer:
Grace: “OW! It feels like a thousand needles of DEATH!”
As things winded down and the session came to a close, the team ran a few laps on The Sidewalk Traverse (V1) for good measure. The East Betas made it into the vehicles of their respective coaches and happily made it down the hill during a classic East Bay sunset just as the marine layer set in. One could safely say that this won’t be the last time that these teens touch real rock.
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