This year's Spring Break was a little different. We stayed in Lander and focused on putting up first ascents. We also went out with other boulderers, which upped the productivity of the week significantly. More brushing got done. And more lines got climbed. Thirty in total! I needed to write this post just to make sure I didn't forget any of them.
On Sunday, the wind got to Sweetwater right after we did. Jason still got the first ascent of the best looking line on The Great Wall of Warmups. He was able to commit when the rest of us wouldn't. The wind didn't seem to bother him. He also added another new line to the left.
From the Alcove I caught a glimpse of a patina covered block high on the ridge. I hiked up and was happy to find that it had perfect lines and was sheltered from the wind too. We got started by climbing "The Downclimb." Jason got the first ascent. It is a good down climb, but getting up it was harder than expected. Sidepulls with poor feet allow you to stab for a good edge. It felt like a V4 move to me.
Jason climbing "The Downclimb" V3/4
Kian got to work on a great looking line on the other side of the boulder. He cleaned it up, found the sit start, and worked out most of the beta. Then Kian, Jason and I all made ascents. It's my favorite line of the day.
"Fade to Black" V3
We stayed around home during the break for three reasons. The first is that we were recently adopted by a cat named "Piper" who just showed up at our house one day and wouldn't leave.
The second was that all the other climbing areas within an 8 hour drive were going to be too windy for comfortable camping. And no where looked like it would have nicer climbing conditions than Sinks Canyon. The third was that I had plenty of undone projects near Lander that I really wanted to try.
On Wednesday we took advantage of a cold front by going to the Beach. Two boulders way up the hill on the left side of the mini canyon had caught my eye. The big one and the one above it in the photo below.
She also got the first ascent of the tallest and most difficult straight up line on the block.
"April Fool" V5. And that's not a joke.
Matt working on the bottom.
Most of our time on the Falls Trail was spent cleaning and climbing The Puzzle Block. It surprised me how many loose pieces of the puzzle block needed to be pushed from the top. And a couple big loose blocks had to be lifted out of the top right side. Once the cleaning got started it felt like the best/only option was to finish the job.
Ana climbing "Tavern Puzzle" V2. Jason did the first ascent of a great V3 just to the right.
Devlin climbing "Tetris."
Uphill from the Puzzle Block is this short block.
I also spent a half day exploring, hiking past the Falls to see what I could find.
I found some great looking blocks, like this one.