"I confess I do not believe in time... And the highest enjoyment of timelessness ... is when I stand among rare butterflies and their food plants. This is ecstasy, and behind the ecstasy is something else, which is hard to explain. It is like a momentary vacuum into which rushes all that I love. A sense of oneness with sun and stone." Vladimir Nabokov
That's what boulderers are looking for! That sense of oneness with sun and stone. Most of the year, I can find it, but it often gets difficult in spring. Weather and circumstances force a sense that time is limited. Spare moments, before heading to work, are spent studying weather websites, making plans, and then having them fall apart as new spring storms appear. Probabilities need to be assessed, and I end up settling for sessions that can only last a couple hours, before the sun sets or the snow starts to fall. What I want is a full day of bouldering outside each week. Long enough for that sense of timelessness to set in. But I settle for minutes, or even moments, when that's all that I can get. Here are some of the best bouldering moments I've managed to find this spring.
Climbing the second ascent of Ashley's problem "Lioness" V7 at the Beach in Sinks Canyon.
And got to experience spring before it made it to Lander.
Ashley was disappointed by the Wingate, so she had us make a stop the next day for the Dakota Sandstone of Unaweep Canyon. She was so happy to have multiple traverses to climb, with plenty of small features!
We had some rain over the break, and while giving the sandstone plenty of time to dry, we climbed at the gym in Grand Junction and took a look at Colorado National Monument.
We also checked out some interesting rock art panels on our way back home.
During recent spring weekends the Falls Trail was the only place we could find bouldering out of the wind. We put up some new moderates. This is the shortest one, but it has the most photogenic backdrop.
Then it was my turn to spot Sierra on "Silver Spoon" V5. She did all the moves, and would have put it together, but then it started to snow.
Since that weekend, we've managed to get a couple after school sessions.