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Cascade Creek

Jarred, Ho and I went up to Cascade Creek (aka Lava Lake) Saturday morning/afternoon.  It ended up being our most productive day there so far.  We put up 8 new lines ranging from V0 slab to V9 dyno.  The V9 was one that Ho basically did last trip out, but he couldn’t top it out because of rain.  Jarred also sent a couple of the established goodies such as “Space Ghost”  and “Lava Lunge SDS”.

Jarred on a new sloper problem:


Jarred trying another possibly new problem that Ho did.  There were some lower holds that were definitely previously cleaned on this one, but it’s hard to tell if it was ever topped out.

Video of Holmer sending “Space Ghost” (last week) and Ho on his new unnamed V9:

Lastly, I hope everyone is going to the Lost Horse Climbing Festival, it’s gonna be fun!  Lost Horse has some of the finest bouldering in the state so even if you’re not competing it’s still a blast.  See ya’ there!

-EC

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Rainy Day @ Cascade Creek

Ho, Holmer & I went up to Cascade Creek Saturday morning.  All was well until about noon when the rain came.  Luckily one problem got put up on the Haunted Mansion boulder before everything got too wet.  Both Ho and Holmer climbed the new V6-ish line that was pretty good.  Ho also did a crazy dynamic problem, but wasn’t able to top it out because of the rain.  Next time out it should go down.

We huddled under the huge (blank) overhang of the Haunted Mansion for a half hour until the rain and hail passed.  Unfortunately, just about everything was soaked so we headed down to the Lava Pit where Holmer made quick work of the Lava Lunge SDS.  We cleaned and tried another new problem just below the Lava Pit that was dry due to a well placed tree, but it didn’t go down.  Here’s the photos.  The first two are the new V6 that Ho put up and the third is Holmer just before sending the Lava Lunge SDS (V7).

I was hoping to make it to the Hollowtop Valley on Wednesday, but it may be snowing up there so who knows.  I don’t mind hiking around in the rain/snow, but I have no idea how that road will fair in crappy weather.  Wish me luck.

-EC

Butte Bash & Cascade Creek

It’s been a couple weeks since my last post. Here’s the bullet points.
-Butte Bouldering Bash last weekend. Lots of fun problems with lots of fun people. I managed to do quite a few problems that I’ve been seeing photos of over on montanabouldering.com. The highlight of the day was watching Fruh send a new semi-highball problem near the shoe demo tents. I think it may be a long, long while before that one sees a second ascent. For some reason I didn’t bring my camera so I didn’t get any photos but there’s quite a few here.
The Northern Bourbons saw another futuristic ascent next to the Sportiva tent as well. Brandon Smith sent Loren Rausch’s long standing project, naming it the Cockulator. If I had to guess, I would say Loren tried it 14,000 times that day before B came in and showed him how it’s done. On a more serious note, major congrats to Brandon for sending the Bozeman 5.13 testpiece Straw Man in the Gallatin Canyon a few days ago. Nice work B!
I went back out to the No. Bourbons this morning to try some lines that I didn’t get a chance to try during the Bash. I was gunning for Lateral Dyno and Special Reserve. I managed to flash Lateral Dyno without much of a warm-up. I think the feet on it have cleaned up a little, producing a good left foot in the perfect spot. It felt more like V3/4 to me. But, it is a dyno, so who knows? Grades aside, it was a really fun problem. Special Reserve put up much more of a fight. Didn’t get it, but I think it will go with a little more effort.

-Friday Ho and I made it up to the Cascade Creek boulders below Lava Lake that I “discovered” a few weeks ago. There’s a few faint patches of chalk and a couple lines that have obviously been cleaned (most likely by Brad Carpenter) but I would guess no ones bouldered there in many years. Still tons of FA potential and some good looking second ascents to be had.
Anyways, we only climbed at one little cave/overhang. We did 3 new lines that all finish with the best dyno I’ve ever done. Seriously, it’s a perfect dyno: obvious start holds, good feet, perfect distance, perfect landing, great lip to catch, and a really fun mantle to finish it off. In my book, it’s on par with Pocket Rocket in Joe’s Valley, except it’s got a better mantle. Jeff added a burly sit start (V7-ish) and an obvious traverse (V5-ish) into the dyno. I fell off the dyno a couple times from the traverse start, but it will definitely fall for me next time. Without further ado, here is the Lava Lunge and the Lava Lunge SDS:

Jeff on the FA of the Lava Lunge Traverse:

Not including link-ups, there are about three more lines left. Ho tried two of them a little so you know they won’t go down too easily. There’s another steep boulder just below it that should produce 3 or 4 short problems as well. I showed Ho the other boulders higher up that should produce another 20-30 problems, with some killer lines possible. Once the temps cool down in Send-tember we’re going to get a crew and head up to the upper boulders. Let me know if you want in. Looks like it supposed to be great temps tomorrow, then hot, hot, hot for a few days so hopefully everyone can get out tomorrow and send!
-EC