Day 2 of climbing. Manny, Sujay, and Violet arrived late the previous night and joined our crew. We started out at Johnny’s Wall in Muir Valley, but every route was wet. Shawn and Manny led a couple of the routes anyway (a 5.10b and 5.10a respectively), and Mimi and I followed. Wasn’t very fun with the wet rock but they would have been a lot of fun if they were dry. From there we ventured to the classic Bruise Brothers wall, which was dry, sunny, and crowded. Manny led Return of the Manimal (5.10d), and beasted through the two roof sections. I followed on toprope. Next, I turned my attention to Rat Stew (5.10a) on lead. I was super nervous to lead throughout the trip, I don’t know why. It’s kind of annoying that I’ve been climbing so long and still struggle through some easy climbs and get so psyched out about leading. But Rat Stew was a big confidence boost, and I sent it without much difficulty. Still, I was super pumped by the end of it and started getting those golfer’s elbow muscle spasms. I also sent Send Me On My Way (5.9-) later in the day, one of the best routes at the Red.
We stopped by Sunnyside at the end of the day and Shawn and Mimi climbed Fear or Common Sense (5.11b). Shawn sent every route he climbed today! We stopped at the beer trailer on our way back, then got pizza at Miguel’s (I got bacon, avocado, broccoli, and sweet potato). It was the Red River Reunion, so there were a few hundred people at Miguel’s. There was a raffle, a short movie showing, a huge bonfire, and live music. Andrew Jones offered some of his and Andrew Dangler’s homebrewed Raspberry Sour, which was so good. I passed out, exhausted, around 11.