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September Photo Dump – TRoots & Cascade

As I mentioned in my last post, I went to Upper Mason Lake early in September and did a terrific new dyno, the Interplanetary Insanitarium.  While I was up there I noticed that the Lake was way below it’s normal level, which opened up a few new lines on a huge lake side boulder – the Ark.  Unfortunately a thunderstorm was moving in while I was completing the I.I. and I had to cut the day short, hiking out in a drizzle.  Well, that boulder was on my mind the entire week.  In the last few years that I’d been going to the lake I’ve never seen it low at all so I knew I had to take advantage before the snow came in.  I established a couple sweet new problems.  The first, SeqKnar V5, named in honor of Sequoia’s fifth birthday,  should be perfectly dry the vast majority of the time.  The second, Smoke on the Water V2/3, is super classic and will definitely be in the lake during most normal snow seasons.  Smoke on the Water head up great moves on perfect rock to a tough mantel on thin crimps just high enough to make me back off a couple times before screaming my way through it.  Here’s a few photos/screenshots from the day:

the Interplanetary Insanitarium V6 – It’s not too easy to pose a picture of a dyno with a self timed camera, so I’m pretty proud that I got one to work.


Sequoia hanging out by the lake on her fifth b-day.


Figuring out what would become SeqKnar V5 (screenshot)


FA of SeqKnar V5 (screenshot)


FA of Smoke on the Water V2/3 (screenshot)


FA of Smoke on the Water V2/3 (screenshot)

Soaking in the view (screenshot)


I also talked Sarah and Leslie into Cascade Creek for an afternoon instead of sport climbing a couple weeks ago.  I toured them around to the classics and when they left I went for a little jaunt up the hill.  I managed to top out the hill above the boulders.  The whole point was to look for more problems, but that was pretty much a bust.  There’s definitely potential on the way up, but the highest talus field was what was on my mind the whole time and there was absolutely nothing up there that would make me do that hike again.  I did see a moose on top of the ridge so that made it worth the horrible hike.  Photos:

Leslie – Cream V1


Sarah – Peaches V3


Sarah – Peaches V3


Sarah – Peaches V3


Leslie – Peaches V3




Little different view of the Skyline and the upper Gally formations from the top of the ridge above the Cascade boulders.



Cascade & TRoots

We had a great crew up at Cascade last Sunday so I once again have some photos to post up.  Joe and Griffin were in town from SLC for the weekend along with Alex, Ho, Isaac and myself.  We spent the entire day on two of the best boulders Cascade has to offer – the Explosive Boulder and the Haunted Space Mansion.  As usual, everyone crushed:

Joe – Fire in the Hole V4


Griffin – Fire in the Hole V4


Griffin – TNT V7 (3 Points of Contact…)


Joe – TNT V7 (Zero Points of Contact…)


Joe – TNT V7 – Not a great photo, but I love Griffin’s expression.


Ho – FA of Intergalactic Jellyfish V6 – Brilliant Slab!

Alex – Intergalactic Jellyfish V6


Joe – Project

Griffin – Project


Isaac didn’t wear a bright shirt so no action photos. Might as well wear camo…

Besides Cascade, I’ve been getting up to the Tobacco Roots a lot recently too.  I’ve had a few days at North Willow Creek and a few more days at the Mason Lakes.  I put together a short video of two of the best problems I’ve done in the TRoots – the Interplanetary Insanitarium and Stone Cold Crazy.

The I.I. is an amazing one move wonder dyno.  I could barely pull off the ground when I first tried the I.I. in 2010.  Last year I progressed to being able to generate and almost touch the hold you dyno to.  This year when I made it back last month, I was able to get to the hold but didn’t feel too close to sticking it.  I got into a little better shape and succeeded last Saturday.  Definitely one of the best problems I’ve put up!  It was really great to have the multi-year progression on it as well.

The other problem, Stone Cold Crazy, I put up in June while there was still snow.  I mentioned it in this post.  As I suspected, the problem went from safe with snow to highball-jumbled-talus without snow.  This problem would be a very serious endeavor without the safety blanket of snow.  Enjoy!



Lower Mason Lake

Last Saturday I gave Ho, Henry and Jon a tour of some Tobacco Root sweetness.  We went to Lower Mason Lake (just Mason Lake on the USGS Quad maps).  We did a little bit of everything – new stuff, old stuff and even left a few projects for the next trip.  Here’s some photos:

Ho – One Way Ticket to Midnight V2


Henry – FA of Wacky Tobacky Traverse V4-ish


Jon – Arete Project


Jon – Arete Proj


Henry – Arete Proj


Henry – Arete Proj


Ho – Arete Proj


Henry – FA of Sleight of Hand V9