Well that didn't take too long! Ashley sent the project today. And Sinks Canyon has a classic new traverse.
"Bad Girls at the Beach" V6/7
Ashley named the problem after the M.I.A. song she was playing during the send.
The problem begins on two low slopers on the right side of the boulder.
This sector might not have been developed if I hadn't received a Facebook message. Three weeks ago, a boulderer named Shane from Casper contacted me. He was planning his first visit to Lander, and he wanted to go bouldering. The weekend forecast looked windy, and most of the boulders in Sinks Canyon were covered in snow. The Dolomite Band was melted out, but it would be in the wind. Just west of the Dolomite Band was a sandstone draw that might be sheltered from a strong west wind. I hiked up to check things out. I saw some things that looked good, and now there are ten good problems up there. The area gets as much sun and melts out as quickly as the Dolomite Band, but it's much more sheltered from the wind. It's the warmest bouldering discovered in the Lander area so far!
"Starting Over" V2
"Black Slabbath" V0+
The next day I met Shane again, and we hiked up to what looked like warm ups. Turns out they weren't warm ups. This one starts low, matched on the hold Shane has with his left hand, moves right, up, and then slightly left to the top.
"Truth Hurts" V5
"Get Shorty" V4
It was fun to spend a couple sessions with another boulderer psyched on development. Thanks Shane!
"Surfer's Paradise" V0
"Step Right Up" V3 is somewhat of a circus trick.
If you hike up to the Beach from the Dolomite Band parking, you shouldn't have any difficulty locating the established problems. All the lines above will be clean for a while. Remember that sandstone is more fragile when wet. Please let the problems dry for a couple days after a big rain or snowstorm before climbing on them. If you want to do some more first ascents up there, feel free. There are some proud lines waiting to be done, but they will probably require some rappelling to clean up first. I'm planning to get to work on them eventually, but I don't mind if someone else puts in the brushing time and climbs them first.