We took a trip to Shelf last weekend and Tyler caught some great shots of Head Cheese (5.12d). The line is a true gem at Shelf, mixing a couple desperate boulder problems with pumpy 5.11 climbing in between. Unlike most vertical Shelf routes, Head Cheese climbs a severely overhanging prow next to a massive roof that gives the climb an amazing sense of exposure. I’ve always had the line in the back of my head and finally got the chance to see what it’s all about. Tyler’s photos tell the story better than anything I can say.
In the end, I felt close, but one day wasn’t enough to put the line to bed. Now I have some motivation for a return trip to the limestone mecca. Thanks, Tyler for the great photography.