On Saturday, I spent four quiet hours brushing, rapping, and brushing some more. The goal was to clean enough boulders in a concentrated area so that Ashley would get a good workout on Sunday.
When you reach your mid-thirties it becomes essential that every sector of a bouldering area has good warm-ups. Right next to "Sleepy Hollow" is a boulder named "Get to the Point." I spent a while brushing, and now the right and left aretes are clean. If you climb the center, and each side, using only that arete for your hands, you'll be warmed up and ready to go.
"Sleepy Hollow" wasn't going to happen for Ashley, so we moved on pretty quickly.
Jesse said last week that a traverse into his unnamed problem looked like something that Ashley would like. He was right. It's a leftwards traverse that begins at a sit start. I managed to make the first ascent one turn before Ashley got the second ascent, and named it "Left Behind." Jesse's line has cleaned up, and with refined beta, I'd call it solid V4. "Left Behind" felt like a soft V6. A quality line with unique limbo-like moves.
Just up the hill were a couple steep problems that I cleaned on rappel.
Out the right side of the overhang I topped out a nice long line on perfect grey stone. It starts sitting on the bottom edge of the photo and has a tiered landing, well protected with a spotter and two pads. I was expecting V3, but it goes at V1. It's called "Jammin was a Thing of the Past."
After watching me do the line, she couldn't resist the incredible climbing. She decided to commit, and did the second ascent.
Bryan and Rachel were visiting from Laramie and camping in the area. Bryan seemed excited to spend the day exploring. I noticed that he spent some time looking at an overhanging wall at the top of a nearby formation. After we finished climbing, I hiked over to check it out. Bryan had moved on, but the wall he was looking at is amazing. I know that one line has been completed on the right side. More will be done, but the landing will require some work, or a plethora of pads.