The Rock Shop is in the midst of its busiest season yet, but it's still very peaceful up there. Recounting the numerous sessions so far this season would be overly time consuming for me, and for you, so here's some of what's been going on based on photos I've taken so far this season, and a few of the new lines you might be able to find.
This year was the first time that bouldering at the Rock Shop was officially part of the International Climbers' Festival. Angie and I lead a clinic for a wonderful group of climbers. We had participants from both coasts, the midwest, the Colorado Front range, and a family of five all the way from France.
Everyone under the UFO.
In midsummer, it always takes some effort to get good conditions. But it really isn't that hard to get good conditions. We camped at the Rock Shop for a couple nights which allowed us to take full advantage of cool evening and early morning temps. I used a lantern one evening and finally managed to climb "Pork Chop" which is a Bryan V. problem that I worked on for three days last season.
Here are directions and descriptions for some new lines to check out:
If you go to "Lord of the Flies" and then turn around. You'll see a small boulder with a couple good V2s. I'm not sure if they're named, but I think Tony and Chris put them up.
Ashley climbing the easiest line on the Swan.
My best new problem at the Rock Shop this season is a powerful sit start on crimps that I added to "Stone Country." It can be found by following the gully uphill east from Sleepy Hollow to the top of the formation where the gully ends.
"Stone Country SDS" V7
Crawl under "Stone Country" and in the gully behind it is another new V5 I did called
And a final new line to share. Alan cleaned this line to the right of Font Simulator that goes at around V3.
To wrap this up this post here are a few new photos.
Zach on "Gem Thief"
Alex climbing on the Storm Boulder. One of the best blocks at the Rock Shop. Chris found this block and recently shared directions with me.
Ashley taking advantage of the tree shade on "My Mind's Eye Traverse"