It seems like it’s been a while since my last post here…
It’s the middle of April finally and I’ve been able to get my hands on a little more rock since our last trip to Red Rocks.
So far we’ve made trips to Joes Valley and Ogden a few times which have been great.
Our trip to Joe’s Valley a few weeks ago was great too. It was our first climbing trip of the spring and I was really eager to see how I measured up on some new routes I wanted to project.
Unfortunately it was during spring break and Joe’s was pretty crowded. We tried climbing in a few areas that we hadn’t been to before to see if we can avoid the crowd.
We played around in the Mine Cart area up Left Fork and did a really fantastic problem in the v3 range called The Wave
We’ve done a bit of bouldering here in Little Cottonwood as well, though the south side of the canyon is still covered in snow. Hopefully within the next few weeks things will start to dry up so I can get back to working some projects.
I really dig the boulders on the other side of the river in the canyon. The rocks aren’t right off the side of the road, so they don’t see half of the traffic some of the other areas get. The boulders aren’t drilled or chipped in any way either, so the problems are mostly made of up desperate slopers and committing high-balls.
I’m looking forward to a fairly tall v3 that I haven’t tried yet in an area called The Swamp. The boulder sits right next to a beat up building that was once probably a little picnic area(now it’s covered with graffiti and trash)
The line itself is really beautiful though and follows an obvious weakness up the center of the rock and consists of a series of flat ledges and technical movement.
My other favorite spot on that side of the river is called the Hidden Forrest. While the river is raging during the spring it’s a bit of a hike to get to, but the seclusion is totally worth it. Some of the few videos I have of Jacey and myself climbing were shot there(see my “Viddy” section…)
I must say that it’s been hard to stay focused purely on climbing so far this spring. The weather seems to be having a hard time making up its mind about what season it wants to be, and while it’s sunny 70+ weather one day, you’ll have rain for the next three, and 12 inches of new snow in the mountains. Thankfully Brighton hasn’t closed for the season yet, so we’re able to get in some really fantastic morning sessions in up there before the snow starts to warm up.
Hopefully within the next few weeks I’ll have been able to get a few more climbs in. The sport climbing areas are starting to get into season so I’m sure another trip to Maple Canyon will be in order soon.
In other news, Jacey and I have both picked up some 5.10 Hornets from Backcountry.com. It seems like this is the last season they’re making them, so we snagged some of the last few pairs for an awesome deal.