There's a joke that a person suffering from bipolar disorder once sent out a postcard that read, "I'm having a wonderful time on vacation! I wish I was dead." The weather in Sinks canyon has been swinging just as dramatically lately. Two weeks ago, we spent the first half of our climbing session in the gym because the weather outside was too cold and cloudy. Then the sun came out, and we rushed out of the gym and drove up the canyon for a late afternoon of bouldering on the dolomite boulders at Fairfield Hill.
Willow and Roo during the second half of our climbing session two weeks ago.
Then last weekend, Sinks got twenty inches of snow in less than 24 hours. We couldn't go climbing, so we went sledding. It was such light powdery snow that you'd pick up speed at the top of the hill, and end up tunneling under the snow for a considerable distance at the bottom. Like a mole digging in a time lapse film.
Sierra between sled runs.
As part of the guidebook writing process I've been trying to get first hand knowledge of as many local boulder problems as possible. But actually that's what I'd be doing even if I wasn't writing a guide. Anyway, Davin gave me a topo to some lines that he and Dave Nash put up about ten years ago. This low roof problem was on the map, and I managed to repeat it during the late afternoon session two weeks ago. The lighting was poor for video, and you can't see the holds because they are all pockets under the roof. This video isn't my best work, but it's the only new video that I have. One of the pockets is much harder to hold than the others, and I had to make a small dyno off of it. It's a very steep problem. If this roof were on a route, it would be considered classic 5.13 climbing.
Dolomite still isn't my favorite stone for bouldering, but I'm getting interested in it again. There are a lot of new lines to be climbed on the dolomite boulders in Sinks, and they are less likely to be covered in snow than the granite boulders this time of year.