I’ve been so caught up in work and writing new editorial posts that I forget that I still do actually go rock climbing! This weekend I went to two of my favorite new areas in Colorado, Red Feather and Newlin Creek. Both offer nice scenery, great rock, potential for new problems and LONG drives from Boulder. Red Feather is typically two hours and Newlin is a solid three, which makes for a very long day trip.
I’ve been feeling inspired to try and repeat Chuck Fryberger’s excellent V12 at Newlin Creek called William Shatner. I had a nice session on it on Saturday and I look forward to heading back down soon. This is one of the best problems of its grade in the state, as far as I am concerned.
Ben Spannuth on William Shatner V12
I also climbed a few moderates Livin’ on Prayer V9 and a low start to Finger on the Steel V8, and having not climbed outside too much in the last few months it felt great to roll over the top of something new. In other Newlin news, Austin Geiman, a Colorado Springs local, made the first ascent of a project I cleaned last year and had been calling “The Majestic Arete”. Austin has yet to name it, and I have yet to climb on it but I hear rumors of V10. Very nice effort.
Monday I went to Red Feather to try a few projects. The high on Weather.com was for 31, but as the project lies in the shade it was bitterly cold. The dry, crusted old snow melted on our pant legs as we post holed to the boulder. We built a nice fire, but climbing was difficult and without success. I look forward for things to dry up and warm up a bit before I head back to Red Feather. Looking forward to spending more time at both places this spring.
Also of note, Daniel Woods has spent two more days on the Super Project in Boulder, Canyon and has yet to link all the moves. He is off to Hueco to try and repeat Terremer, Fred Nicole’s V15 on North Mountain.