The Rock Shop continues to impress me. The area isn't as epic as Devil's Kitchen or the Falcon's Lair in either sense of the word. But I really like the area's ambiance, high quality stone, and reasonable summer temps. We've been saving our most difficult project for cooler fall conditions, but quite a few lines were finished over the summer. Here's photos and descriptions of many of them. I'll put together better directions for my Bouldering in the Wind River Range blog site soon.
Jesse F., a strong bouldering developer who visited from Portland, flashed a lot of problems during two sessions at the Rock Shop. He also went on a trip with Kerrek and me to Devil's Kitchen, but I'll report on that in the next post. Jesse's done a well written trip report of our sessions at the Rock Shop on his blog Choss Odyssey.
Jesse got the first ascent of "Weirdos From Another Planet" V5 on the south side of the UFO boulder. He also climbed "The Giving Tree" quickly, and in less than stellar conditions.
"Weirdos From Another Planet."
Many new problems have been done near the UFO boulder, and I don't know all the details of who did what or what's been named. A quality V1 SDS can now be found just west of the UFO boulder.
The starting holds of "Snake Salad."
And just south of that is a very fun V2 SDS that ascends a cracked, but otherwise almost completely featureless slab.
Higher on the formation to the west is a new V6/7 called "If, Then, Because" that Jesse F. climbed first. It's a short aesthetic SDS crimp line up a small wall. I'll get photos of it soon.
Here's a shot of Jesse F. making a quick ascent.
To get to the next three problems you'll need to hike a bit, and probably search for a while.
Roo with a rucksack of rations, ready for reconnaissance.
"Fear of Commitment" V4 offers twenty feet of climbing, with just one crux moment where it feels like you will fall down the chasm if you pop off.
It starts matched on the right hand hold.