Clear Creek Canyon has a reputation for having soft short routes on ok quality rock with the exception of some hidden gems. When you first enter the canyon all you see is choss. To the left and right there is nothing but steep hills and loose rock. But as you progress forward you start seeing small cliffs with unique features and good sized walls. The day before planning our day trip to CCC we checked the weather and saw a high of 61 degrees, but didn’t check the wind forecast.
Over President’s Day weekend I made a weekend road trip to Lander, WY. Winter has been dragging on and “life” has taken it’s toll in the last few months. Work, work, and more work . . . that’s all I feel like I do. But a three-day weekend is a rare thing and something to be taken advantage of. So we packed up the car and set out on the lonely roads that connect Colorado to Wyoming. What we found were good friends, fun times, and sunny walls to climb. Months of no climbing have left me weak and...
The first comp for SCS Season is coming up next weekend! SCS is my favorite part of climbing! I love the feeling when people are literally looking up at you. When I fall I love the feeling of trusting my belayer. And for a split second you think you could get really hurt but then when the rope ketches you, I always say, "Thank goodness!" I think trust is a huge skill to know, and it is very hard to learn. If you do not trust your belayer then leading could be a lot more difficult then it...
February 3rd, the forecast for Chattanooga, TN: 60 and mostly sunny for 7 days. Work schedule, cleared for two more weeks. Objective: the first female ascent of Tamer Proof at T-Wall. As read in Chris Watford's Dixie Cragger's Atlas, "Tamper Proof- super steep, powerful, and complex. Scramble up ledges and climb a short, left facing corner and a thin finger crack. Move past two bolts, in a shallow slot, then out a perfect hand crack in a 10' roof."
February was a pretty busy month with school and work. Plus the weather was windy and cold in Colorado. However, because of the lack of time and the lack of long periods of good weather I have re-discovered my home crag, Horsetooth. There is notable bouldering history at Horsetooth and some amazing lines like Moon Arete and Doxology. However, the lines that got my attention are the “highball” classic Kelley’s Traverse_V10, which basically traverses the foot holds of Punk Rock Traverse_V5 and everything on the Talent Scout boulder.
I've just returned home from my trip to Colorado Springs for ABS Nationals! After watching videos of the ABS 12 last year, I was super inspired and was able to fit this competition in this year. This was my first time competing in any ABS competition. I've made it to a couple of the UBC Pro Tour stops but the strength of the field at this national championship was insane!