We didn't get to go climbing outside this weekend. Weather and circumstance just didn't align in our favor. But I used the day to get as much work done as possible. And for the first time in many weeks I can spare an hour to write a blog post. The last few weeks have been good ones! Let's reminisce.
Ashley got the first ascent of a traverse problem called "Gluten Free Pizza" at Sweetwater. It tops out up the left arete and into the gap on the left without touching the left wall. A powerful low and crimpy crux leads to a surprisingly pumpy finish. Exactly what Ashley looks for in a boulder problem!
Ana on "Debaser."
One windy day, we were able to find shelter on the Falls Trail. Just looking for something new to do, we added a sit start to Rio's Face that uses the boulder to the right. Ashley did it by only using underclings.
Just west of Rio's Face is a tall south facing slab. The pocket problem on the left is about V3.
We've had a couple other good weekends, but I've got some papers to grade before getting some sleep. It's time for me to sign off.
But if you have any time to spare, I highly recommend watching "Wind and Rattlesnakes." It tells the story of Lander climbing, and Kyle also included a section on the new wave of bouldering development. Kyle put a lot of work into the film. Often a day of effort on his part lead to just seconds of film within the finished movie. Kyle came out bouldering with us for four days just to film the parts that Jesse and I were in. It was fun to be included, and see the process of its creation. Wyoming in general, and Lander in particular, is a special place that inspires art in many forms. "Wind and Rattlesnakes" is a work of art and obviously a labor of love.
Wind & Rattlesnakes from Kyle Duba on Vimeo.
If you like it, consider buying a copy on DVD or giving Kyle a donation.