The fires in Colorado have been on my mind lately. It makes me sick to think of all the homes, landscapes, and climbing areas that are burning right now. The situation keeps going from bad, to worse, to frightening. So many fires at once, and the firefighters haven't been able to contain them. Many places where we spent a lot of time while living in Colorado, appear to have burned already, and many more are in danger. Stay safe Colorado!
Fires haven't hit the Lander area, but things are really warm and dry. We have our fingers crossed that nothing gets started.
Since returning from vacation, we've had two sport climbing days at Wild Iris, and two bouldering sessions. One evening, before the heat wave hit, I spent a beautiful evening by myself, exploring, and brushing at the Rock Shop.
The next day, Ashley came out with me for the climbing session. We went to "Starry Night" first. Ashley made progress, and I wasn't able to repeat it. I'm blaming the vacation, and the warm conditions. Then we tried "Gem Thief." It seems absolutely, all out, crazy difficult. We didn't get anywhere close to doing the crux move, but we were able to do the end moves after the crux, and got a great workout in the process. After that we went to the wall I had cleaned the night before.
Ashley beat me to the first ascent. "Too Fun" V4. The crux is the sit start move shown below, and it tops out up a fun wall of enjoyable V1 jugs.
The Falcon's Lair approached from below.
We did two ascents on the boulder just uphill. Here is Davin climbing "The Edge of Refreshment" V2. About seven feet to the left is a line following fun letterbox holds named "Letterbox" which is also V2. This boulder has features for a difficult line too, but it got to hot to work on it.
Davin got to work on a line of widely spaced holds to the left. He came so close to sending the beautiful line, on this attempt.
After our short hike, I felt somewhat rested. I decided to give the line I was working on one last try, and I finished it. It's called "Talon Traverse." I'd rate it V5. And it was the bouldering highlight of my day.
his adventure should not be missed. It was another big and wonderful day for all of us at the Falcon's Lair. One of my favorite places anywhere.
Sunset over Falcon's Lair. With smoke blown in from fires hundreds of miles away.
2012 International Climbers' Festival will be happening soon!