And now for something completely different…

Last Saturday Loren talked me into heading up to Hyalite Canyon to belay him on his mixed project.  To be honest, it didn’t take much prodding – Hyalite is possibly my favorite place in the Bozeman area and I don’t spend enough time up there in the winter.  On top of that, I was curious about this whole mixed climbing thing.  Since we were heading to Billings for a comp (keep reading…) I didn’t really want to rope up, but I was happy enjoying the canyon while belaying Loren.  Here’s a few photos from the morning and a video of one of Loren’s attempts on ‘Northwest Passage.’  Make sure you watch it til’ the end…

Roping up for battle in the Bingo Cave

Roping up for battle in the Bingo Cave

Lowering off 'Northwest Passage'

Lowering off ‘Northwest Passage’

 

As I mentioned, we finished up at Hyalite, drove back to town, picked up Sarah, then headed straight to Billings for the Montana Bouldering Championships at Steepworld.  Somehow we ended up with a car full of winners – Loren and I tied for top Men’s Amateur (aka scamateur) and Sarah won Woman’s Open.  Congrats SHo!  I didn’t take any photos during the main comp, but here some crappy shots I took during finals:

Dominic crushing the super-final on his way to victory.

Dominic crushing the super-final on his way to victory.

Charlie on the super-final.

Charlie on the super-final.

SHo earning her belt buckle woman's final #2

SHo earning her belt buckle woman’s final #2

Becky on woman's #1 and K-Fed on men's #1

Becky on woman’s #1 and K-Fed on men’s #1

SHo on woman's #1

SHo on woman’s #1

Walter on men's #1

Walter on men’s #1

 

-EC

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