Summer in Colorado offers a willing climber WAY too many options for where to go and what to try on any given day. Do I go to Mt. Evans and try the old classics? Or do I go to Lincoln lake and test my piece there? Also, there are still plenty of options for a little exploration... As it has the last few Julys my attention has been focused on new boulders in one of my favorite places on Earth: Rocky Mountain National Park. The seemingly endless talus of Chaos Canyon is home to countless untouched, quality boulders as well as a little adventure. Storms roll over the Continental Divide bringing with them intense thunder and lightning sending one to cower in the great caves and caverns of the house-sized talus. It is in these great caves and caverns where the new classics of Chaos are being cleaned and climbed. Never before has the area past Upper Chaos seen such attention. Gone are the days when I would wander the expansive talus alone, climbing on whatever caught my eye. But more people looking for new boulders means more new boulders get done which is always a good thing. Hopefully some noteworthy sends, for myself and others, are on the horizon!
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