Joe’s Valley

Posted on 28. Nov, 2008 by in Joe's Valley


Last Friday I escaped Colorado on a solo mission to Joe’s Valley. I was interested in seeing some of the new problems that had been put up recently and perhaps climb some of the old classics. I planned on being there for 5 days with the intention of climbing every day. I arrived late in the dark to a brilliant Milky Way in the cold Fall night.
Saturday morning was crisp and clear. Unsure of where to go I followed some friends around, took pictures and made some video.

Here Scotty French climbs the beautiful Beyond Life V10, in the Left Fork

Towards the end of the day I hiked up the hill above No Additives to a new sector. My friend Isaac Calderio has recently been putting up a bunch of amazing new problems in this zone. One of the best is called Battletoads V12.


Battletoads climbs a short, blunt arete and uses one of the worst slopers I have ever climbed on.

It took me a while to figure out the beta. As is often the case on such technical problems the solution was subtle and inobvious. I was quite happy to finish this off in the fading light.


More to come in the following days…

4 Responses to “Joe’s Valley”

  1. greg

    28. Nov, 2008

    Thank you for posting a new blog being a wisconsin climber my annual stay in bishop is coming soon and i could use any talk of climbing for pysching me up for my trip. thanks a ton. maybe i should be heading out to joes to?

  2. wader

    28. Nov, 2008

    Yo I put up a new problem behind the right sign boulder, it’s in the roof section and it starts on two underclings. I did it about 2 years ago with adam lincoln and joel anderson, it’s called Josphine V8.

  3. Leif

    01. Dec, 2008

    looks like a nice time. looking forward to more pix from that trip for sure. how long did the drive take? i assume you started in bldr… cheers

  4. jamie

    04. Dec, 2008

    depending on weather, traffic, it is 6.5-8 hours

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