Tuesday evening, Jesse and I went out to do some development. Jesse was brushing and climbing, but I didn't bring my climbing shoes. It was a rest day, and I wanted to focus on cleaning and exploration. We hiked to an overhanging block that a few climbers had noticed on their way to "Nexus." It was finally time to brush it off. While Jesse worked on the overhang, I set up a rappel and started cleaning some cracks on the left side of the boulder. I finished my brushing, and Jesse was still working on the overhang, sussing out the beta. I went for a few hikes in different directions. The first two didn't lead to any inspiring boulders, but on the third one I found a lot of nice lines in close proximity to each other. It started to get dark. Jesse hadn't completed his project yet. Ashley and I were planning to have a session at the Rock Shop the next morning, and I asked Jesse if we could try the line. Jesse was pretty sure that Ashley would get the first ascent, but he generously offered it to us, saying that we could give it a try.
The next morning was cloudier than expected and conditions began pretty good. We took our time. We warmed up on the Paralysis wall. Ashley climbed a new link up on the wall called "Total Paralysis" and I did the second ascent.
We moved on to the lines I had cleaned the night before. I was familiar with the holds after cleaning it on rappel, and that helped me get the first ascent of "Sliced Bread" V3. It works it's way up the center of the "slices" from a stand start, and the climbing is unique. It follows two cracks, but jamming is optional. The cracks have huecos inside them that you can grab instead! I also wanted to climb some features up the arete on the right side of this face, but we didn't finish it. It's now known as the "Top or Not" project. It's probably not too difficult. It just feels very committing.
We finished climbing on the things I had cleaned, so we moved over to Jesse's project. Ashley figured out some beta, and climbed it very quickly. Jesse was right. It suited her well. It was a struggle for me though. Ashley's beta was too scrunched up, and I had to figure out another sequence. Things were heating up and I was getting frustrated. Eventually I figured it out and got the second ascent. It might be V6 in good conditions.
Ashley named it "Burly."
Jesse working on the stunning line.
"Armchair Martian" V2
Here is a video I put together with photos and videos of some of the new problems at the Rock Shop. Video footage of includes Ashley's ascent of "Starry Night" and her first ascent, "Burly."
Last week I had an errand in Rock Springs, and I decided to do a little desert exploration while I was down there. I'd heard about an area with Basalt boulders.
The boulders are in the distance on the right side of the photo.
Many are big enough to climb on.
Or the Falcon's Lair when it's hot, I've got a full day, and someone is psyched to hike up there with me.