Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Trad in Elevenmile

Snuck off to Elevenmile today to hop on a few cracks that I spotted on a previous trip.  Tim and I each got on two cracks.  The first being a stealer offwidth to perfect hand crack and the second being an amazing left trending dihedral.  We set up a top rope on the second and neither one of us sent, but the climb moves amazing well on thin crimp liebacks.  With a little cleaning up and maybe the placement of a bolt to protect the 5.12 feeling face climbing where your gear is 20 feet below you, the climb could be a great lead.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Green Lantern

Went and tried the Green Lantern up at Ute Pass yesterday.  Only established problem I have not done there and after two years, I still have not stuck the crux move.  Hopefully as it continues to get colder, I will be able to get it all put it together.  Here are some pictures of me trying it.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Late in the Day Failed Attempt to Scale Some Rocks

Yesterday, Tim and I busted out of class just after 4:00 PM.  We hurried over to the Garden of the Gods to give the half sport climb, half finger crack line, Kor's Korner, a few goes.  Neither one of us remembered the gear very well and it turned out Tim left most of the stuff he would have wanted at the base of the climb.  After epicing with placing the few cams we had that were small enough to get into the pin scars, it was almost dark and I did not get a chance to get on it.  I plan on returning on Sunday and putting some good effort into this quality line.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Byron and I went up and had a short session up in Elevenmile today.  Shown here is me on the FA of Quinine (V3-ish) and Byron quickly getting the second ascent with some kneebar trickery.  It starts right hand crimp, left undercling pinch and moves right up the arete on slopers and sidepulls.  I also put up a line that exited out left with a odd mantle that felt about as hard but not as cool.