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Clear Creek Canyon - Jon Cardwell

Clear Creek Canyon - Jon Cardwell
Clear Creek Canyon - Jon Cardwell
Clear Creek Canyon - Jon Cardwell
April 19, 2012 -  Jon Cardwell    

I've been climbing in Clear Creek Canyon lately.  The weather has been almost perfect everyday since I returned from Argentina so I've been taking advantage. 

Last week I spent most of my time at the New River Wall.  This crag is mostly known for the classic Daniel Wood's boulder Dark Waters V13 and an older 5.13a route Sonic Youth.  However, during the last couple years the wall has been revisited by Brian Kimball.  He worked hard throughout the course of two? season to develop a number of classic routes that climb throughout the overhang just right of Sonic Youth, which takes a dihedral on the left.  His contributions include a number of routes from 13b to 14b.  I first tried these routes last year with homie David Graham where we climbed the classic Sonic Youth and Kimball's Kinky Regge 5.13d/14a which I climbed onsight and flash, respectively.  At the time, one day was enough as the Rifle season was approaching.  I left content.


This year I returned with Chelsea Rude and Daniel Woods.  Over the course of a couple days I managed to repeat a few of Kimballs routes, Sonic Vibrations, Positive Vibrations, both 5.14b and also the route Public Enemy 5.13d and a line from Steve Hong, first climbed by Woods, Fountain of Youth 5.13d. I was impressed by the quality of the rock and the routes.  I highly suggest a visit for anyone that lives close by or is traveling through!  For more information on the New River Wall and Clear Creek Canyon check out Mountain Project

Once again, I'm leaving content.  Rifle is 'unusually' dry for the season and I'm heading out on Sunday for a couple days to check out what's possible.  I have a few projects in mind, and even want to scope the bolting situation (which requires gaining access to a permit).  I was inspired by my travels in Argentina, where the focus was developing new routes that I really want to see what's possible to develop here in Colorado.  I'll be around the Front Range for most of the summer so there should be plenty of updates to come!

Photo credit: Todd Pazol

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