A couple weekends ago I made it out to the Tobacco Roots to check out some potential boulder. While the Pony fire was raging, I started searching for other options in the TRoots. The best option I could find was a basin up above South Willow Creek, only a short 3 mile hike from the trailhead. Easy, right? While the first mile was a simple uphill hike on a trail, the last two miles was off trail and very nasty. By the time I hit the boulders, 3 hrs later, the blue skies had turned to overcast and within another hour the clouds turned to a steady rain. I had just enough time to explore the first boulder field before I had to hide for cover and eventually make the multi-hour trek back in the rain. The boulders I saw looked pretty good, but I’m not sure if the hike to them was justified. Worth another exploratory trip – but not anytime soon, too many closer areas. I forgot my camera so here’s some iPhone photos from the day:
Note big Organic pad for scale
The field I explored.
Hauled the pad around for 8 hours and didn’t even use it…
This last weekend I headed back to Ten Sleep to meet up with the Groseths and do some fantastic sport climbs. They put up some great photos and a wrote up a few of their bullet points took place while I was there. Check it out here. A few more photos:
Ten Sleep Saloon
Jess – Weight of the World 5.12a
Peder – Team Whiny Baby 5.12c/d (Peder warmed up by onsighting it…)
Rattlesnake!!! Yes, there’s rattlesnakes at Ten Sleep (Whiny Baby Wall)
EC – Cloud Peak Vista Traverse Company 5.11a
EC displaying perfect leg shake form on the Cloud Peak Vista Traverse Company 5.11a
Until next time,
Jess on Kyber Space 5.13b – Jess sent this a few days after I left!
- Jess – Kyber Space 5.13b
Jess – Happiness in Slavery 5.12b
EC – Suck the Nipple 5.11b (Flash) (Photo by Jess)
SHo concentrating real hard while sending Center El Shinto, 5.12b
SHo – Center El Shinto 5.12b
Berkeley and Jarred hanging out at camp
Groseth’s cleaning house at the lake
Myself hitting the second dyno on Shaft’s Big Score, 5.11c/d. This was my ‘Merican flag route on the 4th of July. If you like dynos – do it! (photo by Peder)
Peder – Heart, Balls, Swagger 5.13b/c. Bizarre line… (photo by Jess)
Peder – Superfly 5.12c/d (OS). While I was there Peder systematically onsighted a 5.12+ each day we were at the Slavery roof. He onsighted the Burden of Immortality (5.12d/5.13a), Aunt Jemima’s Bisquick Thunderdome (5.12d), Crown Prince Abdullah (5.12d), and Superfly. It didn’t even look like he struggled on any of them – very impressive.
Peder – Superfly 5.12c/d
Myself flashing Moltar!!! (5.12a) (photo by Peder)
Jess flashing Napoleon’s Highchair, 5.12a/b
I’ve got a new Tobacco Root’s boulder field scoped out and if it pans out they’ll hopefully some photos early next week. Wish me luck!