Sometimes so much is going on, that it isn't even possible to update the blog. It's been a very busy month. But it's time to catch up.
On Sunday, I spent an incredible day with Jesse, Kyle, Jamie, Daniel, Courtney, and Tim at a brand new sector in Devil's Kitchen. Daniel and Courtney are pro climbers from Colorado visiting Lander for the first time. We had nice fall weather, a new zone to explore, and an excited and talented crew. And it was Jesse's birthday! All the stars were aligned.
Jesse and Collin had hiked the area before, but Sunday was the first day anyone had ever climbed there. The field is so amazing that I found myself shouting out words unfit for print as I rounded corners and looked under roofs. And I wasn't the only one. Colorful language echoed off the cliffs above, and we'd follow the shouts to check out the newest finds.
Tim climbing the first problem finished in the sector. It traverses under the roof and follows a diagonal rail to the top. He also got the first ascent of a nice looking V6, a little while later, on a nearby boulder.
"Do you wear size 37 and a half?" I asked.
"Well you could wear mine."
So Daniel put on my shoes and climbed the problem in two tries. Hopefully it didn't wreck his rest day. It's a really nice line that Daniel said felt like V11. He's flashed higher grades, so he would know. After I tried the end moves unsuccessfully, it was amazing to see him do them with such control. I set up my camera and put a video together of his ascent along with some of the photos from the day.
"One Shot Antelope"
An inspiring addition to the area. Nice work Daniel!
During the last month, we've been sport climbing at Wild Iris, and revisiting bouldering areas as I work on the guide. I finished up the Cabin Boulder section of the guidebook, and while looking for obscure boulders east of The Loft area, Ashley and Willow happened upon these trophy quality stashed pads. We were barely able to haul them out to a dumpster in the State Park in one trip. Stashing pads at a roadside area like the Cabin boulders is pretty ridiculous. Way back in the mountains short term stashing can be a grey area due to safety concerns, and the fact that in Wyoming we usually don't have large groups of boulderers to climb with. But my personal policy is to remove pads I find anywhere, if I see any sign that the wildlife is starting to tear into them.
Ashley posing by our harvested giants.
I also finished up the Falls trail section of the guide last week. This highball was fun and exciting. It has fragile flakes for the right hand at the lip. The furthest right began to break when I pulled on it! Fun and intimidating V5 climbing below the trail south of Copacetic Cowboy (a.k.a. The Brazilian). Please let me know if you know the name of this line. Otherwise it will just be called "The Highball" in the guide.
Ashley just going as high as she wants to.
Heather having a go on the upper moves of "Font Simulator."
Tomorrow's a climbing day... after school gets out.