Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tendinitis, Sky Rock, and Green Wall Center

Well, it has been a slow start of the year for me with very few updates and adventures. Partly because I've developed some elbow tendinitis in my left arm. Thus, I've been mostly climbing routes in the gym.
Medial Epicondylitis or Golfer's Elbow. Notice the inflammation in the red circle.
I believe what I have is called medial epicondylitis, commonly known as "Golfer's Elbow", which is an injury to the inner elbow tendon. Although there's some inflammation, it doesn't really hurt and I can still climb just fine with it. It's more of a distraction and making certain moves do seem to aggravate it. After going to Bishop this past weekend, I think bouldering definitely aggravates it more.

It's been about two months since my last trip to Bishop and this recent trip was mostly about hanging out. I wasn't that psyched on climbing, but wanted to be outside and away. In fact, I was more psyched on finding Sky Rock, which is a large boulder with petroglyphs on its top slab facing the sky. Not much is known about these petroglyphs, but they are indeed quite interesting and extraordinary.
Sky Rock Petroglyphs located in the Volcanic Tablelands in Bishop, CA.
Sky Rock Petroglyphs located in the Volcanic Tablelands in Bishop, CA.
Sky Rock Petroglyphs. Mt. Tom lurks in the background.
Sky Rock Petroglyphs. Mt. Tom lurks in the background.
Another view of the petroglyphs on Sky Rock.
Another view of the petroglyphs on Sky Rock.
Another view of the petroglyphs on Sky Rock.
Another view of the petroglyphs on Sky Rock. 
Sky Rock Petroglyphs on a clear day.
Sky Rock Petroglyphs on a clear day.
I won't give the exact location out, as most people who know where it is want to keep it a secret (for good reasons), but it's located somewhere along the Volcanic Tablelands. It'll be more fun if you try to find it yourself anyway.

Besides hanging out and finding Sky Rock, I did manage to make a surprised ascent of Green Wall Center (V6). This problem has frustrated me for the longest time as it is truly a footwork testpiece. My previous attempts over the years have barely gotten me off the ground, but this time, it seemed easy for whatever reason. Anyway, here's the video: