Kyle Duba's Lander climbing history film will premiere at the International Climbers' Festival this year. I'm really looking forward to this! Here's a new trailer that's just been released.
Wind & Rattlesnakes Trailer from Kyle Duba on Vimeo.
Monday, May 27, 2013
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.
Monday, May 6, 2013
I've been feeling lucky lately. A couple weeks ago I got to spend three days leading my students on field trips in Torrey Valley. The students learned what I wanted to teach them, but even more importantly they were able to experience the grandeur of the place. Part of the lesson included ten silent minutes of free observation. The sound of the river, and the bird songs would emerge as soon as everyone stopped talking. Winds were blowing plumes of snow off the ridges above us, while the air was warm and still on the small hill on which we sat. One group got to watch a herd of bighorn sheep graze just a couple hundred feet away for the entire activity. The field trip was initiated due to my experience with the place through days spent bouldering there. And the teachers on my team supported the trip by leading other activities in the valley, like hiking and a tour of the nearby fish hatchery. About one hundred and twenty students spent the majority of three school days outside in the mountains. That's a significant amount of outdoor time when you add it all up.
And while showing groups of students glacial erratic boulders, I noticed new chalk here and there. Someone has been spending time on difficult sit starts recently.
Last weekend, Ashley and I had such a busy day working on projects at Sweetwater that I barely took out the camera. Most of the things we worked on are still projects, but Ashley enjoyed sending "Metropolitan Glide" at the end of the day.
Here is one new project I'm working on. I'm pretty sure I can do it if I get back out there with a strong spotter. I just couldn't get myself to commit without one.
Yesterday was another nice day at Sweetwater. Ashley decided to give herself a week off of climbing so she'd feel recovered and ready for more climbing into the summer. I decided I wanted to try a roof crack called "South of Heaven." It's a problem first done by Vance that I'd never attempted before. It's at the Hampi Boulders and requires full tape gloves. Devlin and Ana decided to take a break from their sport climbing projects in Sinks to check out the area with me. I enjoyed giving them a tour of my favorite lines in the main sector.
Ana climbing a problem I dubbed "Sloper Line" in the guidebook.
And I just can't get over the surrounding landscape.
Here's Devlin climbing one of the problems.
We ended the session by hiking around and looking at a few more projects.
Sweetwater offers everything. Plenty of established lines, and lots of exploration to do as well.
If you're excited to check out the bouldering at Sweetwater, or at eleven other areas within easy striking distance of Lander, you can buy the guidebook Bouldering in the Wind River Range from Wild Iris, Fixed Pin Publishing, or ClimbingWyoming.Com. Climbing Wyoming recently posted a variety of action shots from the guide, and is also helping promote the guidebook with a 10% discount right now.