Winter has arrived in Boulder, Colorado. Snow is starting to stick and temperatures are dropping below freezing. In the past two weeks I went on several day trips to Clear Creek Canyon, Boulder Canyon, and Carter Lake to focus specifically on bouldering. The first day trip was out to a problem called Animal in CCC. Animal is a small roof problem right beside the road. This problem as I quickly found out has a lot of confusion around were to start and what the grade is. The most logical start is off double underclings and powers left through in cut crimps. I started by warming up on the first move and hanging on some of the holds to get as much blood running through my fingers as possible. Then sent it on the next try. My first V9!
The next two day trips were up to Boulder Canyon were I sent Hug Left V8 and Freedom V9. Freedom is by far one of my favorite boulder problems as it has a powerful opening move straight into a thin mantle on small crimps. The first move gave me the most trouble but after about 6 tries I sent. The last day trip we went on was up to Carter Lake near Fort Collins. Carter Lake is a really beautiful area but can be extremely windy. After warming up and flashing Kahuna Roof V5, I headed over to the breathtaking high ball Doughboy. The story behind Doughboy is very fascinating. The boulder was originally lodged in the hillside higher up, but as the lake rose and eroded out the underside of the boulder. It toppled over forming a 20ft rounded arete. The arete just has enough edges to climb up forcing you to execute delicate lock offs on tiny edges and pinches. I found this line to be one the best high balls around. We ended the day by hiking along the water edge and enjoying the fifty degree weather.