Clear Creek Canyon

Clear Creek Canyon

Posted on 19. Jan, 2010 by in Clear Creek Canyon

Saturday was a gorgeous day and I went to Stanley Kubrick V11, at the 268 Boulders in Clear Creek Canyon. Clear Creek has an urban feel, with tunnel barreling buses bearing loads of tourists up to the casinos at Blackhawk. Stanley Kubrick was put up by Joel Gilmore, and it features some nice powerful campusing to a tricky and committing mantel. The crew was a good one. Kubrick is one of the first problems to dry out in the Front Range and as the snow continues to linger it was an obvious choice. I have tried this problem sporadically since I first moved here but I never had the pads or the courage to finish it off. I came back with renewed focus. I backed off the top several times but finally figured out a good sequence, and gave it a go from the start. The challenge now lay in turning my mind off and letting my body execute. I quickly found myself in a good position, with my toe on the edge of the lip and my weight over my foot, but still fought hard to keep the negative thoughts at bay. I turned them off with one confident reach to a positive jug and scampered up to the top. It’s a great feeling to cross a problem off of a ticklist I wrote 7 years ago. Here are some pictures.

ccc.sk.emerson1Stanley Kubrick photo:Jrt Jaeger

ccc.sk.emerson3A tenuous mantel photo:Jrt Jaeger

IMG_2449 Ryan Silven

5 Responses to “Clear Creek Canyon”

  1. Dave

    19. Jan, 2010

    Always great to tick off an old nemesis. Great send. Scary lip!

  2. campusman

    20. Jan, 2010

    Jamie Emerson, become more mindful and aware of what you are doing, knowing every move when climbing. Keep your mind working, harder. There is no possible way to shut off your mind. Try it, you cant stop thinking unless you are asleep.

  3. Pw

    20. Jan, 2010

    Awsome photo’s!i love the blog

  4. Jakob

    21. Jan, 2010

    It’s not impossible to stop thinking; however, for a lot of people, it seemingly is. I am able to have a clear in-the-moment direct awareness without thoughts passing through my consciousness, for small periods of time. In fact, a lot of the moments where I was fully engaged in an intense boulder problem are times of direct experience without the mental filter/chatter. Of course mental subconscious processes are still happening, but as far as mind-chatter, it lessens the more I tune into the moment.

  5. Joel Gillmore

    24. Feb, 2010

    Fuckin rockclimbing…ya gotta love it! Nice work Jamie, keepn it real…

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