This blog’s not quite dead yet. As usual, I spent the summer climbing on ropes rather than over crash pads. I’d like to say that’s why I don’t post, but the posts don’t seem too much more frequent during bouldering season. Well, it may just be a quarterly blog. Deal with it. All 7 of you. Here’s some photos from the last 4 months or so:
EC – Happy Colored Marbles V2, FA – Boulder River Boulders, Mile 18
4th of July celebrations at Chestnut
Ho – Overhangatang V5 – Hyalite Canyon
EC – Overhangatang V5 – Hyalite Canyon (photo by Ho)
- EC – the Gravy Train 5.12b/c – Ten Sleep Canyon (photo by Ho)
SHo – Soft in the Middle 5.11c – Gallatin Canyon
Leslie – the Solace of Bolted Faces 5.12a – Wild Iris
Chris – the Devil Wears Spurs 5.10d – Wild Iris
Leslie – Limestone Cowboy 5.12a – Wild Iris
EC – Don’t Bring Your Guns to Town 5.12c – Wild Iris (photo by Chris Ennis)
Chris – High Plains Drifter 5.10c – Wild Iris
Jess – the Terrible V7 – Leavenworth
EC – Cattleguard Arete V8 – Leavenworth
EC – Andy’s Arete V5 – Leavenworth
Peder – Crimpsqueek V7 – Leavenworth
Jess – Footless Traverse V5 – Leavenworth
EC – WAS V8 – Leavenworth (photo by Jess Groseth)
Peder – Premium Coffee V7 – Leavenworth
Peder – Premium Coffee V7 – Leavenworth
EC – the Beach Arete V2 – Leavenworth (photo by Jess Groseth)
Guess what I did the other day? Went bouldering… in Montana! First time in many months that’s happened. Got into the bad habit of sport climbing. Don’t worry, I’ve just about kicked it. An upcoming week or two at the mecca of Smith Rock ought to do the trick. Here’s some pics from the summer of sport climbing:
Myself on Yukon Gold 5.12b @ the Fins, ID (photo by SHo)
SHo on the FA of Sonic Rainboom 5.12b @ the BBC, MT
Myself on the Great White Behemoth 5.12b @ Ten Sleep, WY (photo by J-RAD)
J-RAD on Khyberspace 5.13a/b @ Ten Sleep, WY
Dusl on 2 Wycked 5.12c @ the BBC, MT
Myself on Strangely Compelled 5.12a @ Ten Sleep, WY (photo by Leslie)
Leslie on Happiness in Slavery 5.12b @ Ten Sleep, WY
Pockets @ the Fins
We lost a great person this summer. This one’s for you K-Bone.
Since it is officially bouldering season here’s a few pics from last season to get you psyched:
Derveed on a new Sick Proj @ Whiskey.
Ho on the new Sick Proj @ Whiskey.
Ho on the old Sick Proj @ Whiskey.
I know I’ve said this before, but hopefully the posts will be slightly more frequent.
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!