We've got a new sector that we're developing in the Winds. It's a small north facing talus field with some very large boulders. The rock isn't quite as good as the Falcon's Lair, and it isn't awe inspiringly extensive like the Devil's Kitchen. But it is the most alpine place, I've found nearby, that I can take my family to. The rock is very good, and it stays cool enough to boulder all day in the shade up there, even when temps are in the nineties in Lander. Most of the local Wind River granite has stripes, but the stripes really stand out in this part of the Roaring Fork. So we named the place after them.
The Tall Star boulder's impressive stripes are a form of natural graffiti.
I'd wanted to see this talus field for almost a year. After finding a nice sector of boulders in the Roaring Fork last September, I'd begun looking at the area in more detail on Google Earth. A talus field caught my eye that wasn't much further up the trail than we were already hiking. Early in the Summer, I tried to get up there with Alex, but we got turned back by deep snow. Later in the Summer, Calen hiked up to the talus field with me, and based on what I saw, I knew that I wanted to go back.
Davin flashing the first ascent of "Guardian Angel Arm" V5.
We did a few unmentioned warm ups as well, and left some unmentioned projects unfinished.
White Columbine that grow by the streams up there.
Justin getting the F.A. of "The Mummy."
While Ashley warmed up with some yoga, I cleaned up another two lines. A cute balance problem called "Kewpie" V1, and this line called "Chia Pet" V3/4.
Here's Ashley getting the second ascent.
I really thought my crimp project near "The Mummy" would be safe, because it had a long reach, and Ashley hadn't climbed much on her trip. But I was wrong. Ashley got the first ascent of my project, and named it "That's Pretty" V6.
To sum up, White Stripes Sector has sixteen problems already, and a few more projects brushed and ready to go. I'm really happy with the spot, and will most likely be alternating trips between projects here and at the Rock Shop until my Summer break is over in a couple weeks.