Crusty Corner: Forget Sendtember—It’s All About Surviving “Don’t-Try July”

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Crusty Corner is a monthly column written by Climbing Editor Matt Samet, a climber of 30 years. When he's not at the gym or the rocks trying to stave off the inevitable performance decline of middle age, you can find him in his basement playing Xbox.

A climber tunnels inside the rock to escape the summer heat. Photo: Andrew Burr

A climber tunnels inside the rock to escape the summer heat. Photo: Andrew Burr

As I wrote this piece, in late July, it was a fiery 95 degrees, with no thunderstorm relief on the western horizon and with a cruel yellow sun blazing down out of an ozone-hazy Front Range sky. I sat in my basement, hiding, where it was 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the house, shirt off, sweating as I typed. The dog could barely be bothered to lift his head when his kibble clattered into his bowl at dinner, and the kitties had curled up under the couch one room away where it was coolest and darkest, letting spiders and mosquitoes crawl all over them because it was too much effort to lift a paw and swat.

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