The end of the school year is a busy time for teachers. So busy for me that I had to put the climbing blog on hold for a few weeks. But our summer season has been getting off to a strong start. I've been getting outside to calm my mind after hectic days at school, and spent yesterday in Devil's Kitchen, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
The Upper Kitchen
Ashley climbing the second ascent of "Preemptive Strike" V3.
Ashley committing to the common top out.
A week later, I came out on the afternoon of the last day of school to work on it with Alex. The feet and handholds are all at strange angles. To climb it requires foot jamming in pods, and awkward core tension. Then once at the lip you need to commit to a scrunchy traverse to the right with feet on a sloping ledge. The hand holds are good though. The committing exit, and it being the last day of school, lead me to the name.
Ashley took advantage of cool temps to make a quick repeat of one of her Rock Shop favorites "Burly."
Ashley climbing "Half Slug" V5.
The "Power of Now" boulder's left arete V2.
I was too worked to climb today, because I spent all day yesterday bouldering with Kyle, Jesse, and Jesi in Devil's Kitchen.
Kyle is filming some Devil's Kitchen bouldering to include in his upcoming film "Wind and Rattlesnakes" about the history and development of climbing in the Lander area.
Jesi came along to help out with the project. Here Jesi films Jesse on a warm-up.
Jesse showed us an alternate road out of the Kitchen that leads higher up the hill. The higher vantage points, and snow covered peaks were so beautiful that we stopped the truck a couple times just to take photos.