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Photos of Head Cheese

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.

Kate - Great pics! Looks like a fantastic route… although your ginormous forearms took up almost the whole damn pic! =)May 30, 2013 – 11:04 pm

emily - I didn’t know gingers could have such stellar forearms. You have motivated me again. I will continue climbing these plastic Nebraska holds with dreams of leading .12s outside…Awesome pictures. Looks like such a crazy route.May 31, 2013 – 8:23 am

Adam - For some, the fat goes straight to the belly. For others it goes right to the hips. For me, it goes to the forearms. I’ve got to lose some weight. No more ice cream for a month!May 31, 2013 – 8:56 am

Eli - Wow, awesome photos. Really cool looking sequence with the hand foot match, etc. Looks hard.May 31, 2013 – 12:28 pm

Tyler - Nice job working that down. Hope you can make it back out before too long to put that one to bed!June 3, 2013 – 8:42 pm

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