Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sunset Over Boulder

there's a darkness upon me that's flooded in light

in the fine print they tell me what's wrong and what's right
and it comes in black and it comes in white
and i'm frightened by those who don't see it

when nothing is owed, deserved or expected
and your life doesn't change by the man that's elected
if you're loved by someone you're never rejected
decide what to be and go be it

-the avett brothers

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New Problem (sort of) at the Mine Boulders

I made it down to Telluride this past weekend and found the usual crew- Wylder Wilson, Damon Johnston, Jim Hurst and Andy Cook- hard at work: clearing trails, looking for new boulders and giving fresh love to the chossy underbelly of one of the best looking lines in Telluride. We have all touched the holds on this climb at some point but decided the prospect of a seventy pound cobble breaking off on our face was not worth the risk. Well, after their admirable efforts, the line is now climbing beautifully--a 25-30 foot roof climbed on a wonderful assortment of pockets, incuts and cobbles leads to a difficult lip encounter and a satisfying cobble jug. No one has sent the full problem yet, but speculation is that it will fall somewhere in the v10 range. Here are some pics of Wylder working through several of the moves. (for those with a guidebook, this problem is located on the 'Gym Boulder')

Monday, August 15, 2011

Kluttergarden Bouldering

Erika and I decided to chase the cooler weather this weekend, so we headed up to Red Cliff (near Vail) to spend Saturday bouldering at the Kluttergarden- a collection of beautiful granite blocks spread throughout a mature aspen forest. We finished the day with some gelato in Vail and the Pretty Lights show at Red Rocks (which was phenomenal). Perfect!