The wildflowers this year at the Cabin Boulders.
Justin also got the first ascent of the V4 SDS arete just to the right of "Ocean Man" that evening.
Calen climbing "Scrub a Dub Dub."
The next day Calen and I hiked way up into the Roaring Fork and found a new sector of blocks. It's a good sector and it will be developed, but I didn't take my camera, and we were too tired to hike back to it again the next day. So we went to the Rock Shop instead. Every time I go up there I'm reminded that we have very high quality rock to develop that you barely need to hike for. I know I've gotten a little stronger, because I climbed two lines that I couldn't quite finish last Fall, "Escape From Reality" and "If, Then, Because."
Calen is off the couch from a finger injury. So he's brushing easier lines than when he visited last fall, but he hasn't lost his eye for good lines. On the "Chocolate Thunder" boulder he added two great looking problems. Both begin underclinging the hueco. Going up the arete is "Big Fudge" and going up the crack is "Skid Marks." I haven't climbed them yet, but plan to soon.
Davin drove up back up to Neverland to meet us, gave us a tour of blocks further down the hill, cleaned some lines, and almost got sucked into starting on another spring project up there.
On Tuesday, Calen and I hiked east from camp to a ridge that looked good from a distance. We found some good lines, but nothing like the blocks Davin showed us on the tours. All of Neverland is good rock, but the outstanding lines aren't everywhere. That's why we drive miles of two tracks past dozens of gneiss formations to camp at an area with many outstanding lines. From the initial discovery of Old Neverland by Bryan V., to Davin's exploration of at least 20 other sectors, the driving and hiking required to get to know this entire vast area is staggering. And it's really paid off! The best of Neverland is world class, and finding the best spots took a lot of work. Thanks again Bryan and Davin!
Off the couch, Calen lacked the power endurance needed for "Wilford's Reserve." Turns out that I still lack the power endurance for "Wilford's Reserve," but I didn't realize that until the end of the trip. Calen was able to make impressive progress on "Wilford's Reserve Right"
Roo in the breeze at sunset.
Back in Lander, I took Ashley on a tour of the Upper Cabins. We were greeted by this marmot on the hike in.