I did pretty well this time, trying some easier routes (5.3-5.8) and completing most of them by focusing on deep breaths. Sometimes panic would take hold, and I would maneuver myself into a position that felt safer but offered no way to move up. After a few good runs and some hard workouts in Sugarloaf Park, I didn't complete the last route on Day 3 in Governor's Dodge. I'm still proud of myself for trying.
Through the weekend, I used the chalk bag I had made for Scott. It contains a smaller, porous bag of plain chalk that dries damp palms. Scott himself doesn't use a chalk bag on most climbs, because, as he puts it, "I get so sweaty that the chalk just makes a paste."
I made it for him a year ago from a skein of Lion Brand Heartland Joshua Tree. I started at the base with Judy's Magic Cast On, my favorite for sock toes and small pouches. Then I worked a 3k/3p ribbing until it seemed just a little longer than a man's hand. (I had Scott stick his hand in.) The top has to cinch together to stay closed, so I left holes using YO spaced evenly apart. Using leftover gold yarn, I worked a 3-stitch I-cord for about 2 feet and inserted it through the wholes. I cut a rectangle from an old water resistant yard flag, and sewed it into a pouch. Then I used it to line the inside of the chalk bag, and zig zag stitch it in just below the corded closure. It doesn't have to be pretty, but it should be durable.
Scott's gonna bring the chalk bag for me on our next trip this weekend. As we drive to visit my family in North Georgia, we're stopping in Southern IL and TN to try a few routes. I'm looking forward to Round 2.