In the past few months I have been very motivated to find, clean, develop and put up new problems. I find myself becoming more and more passionate about first ascents, and in turn, the entire process which brings a new boulder to fruition. Discovery, adventure and trying to see the world and the crumbs of its crumbling crust in new ways has become a new realm of climbing that more and more I choose to explore. Essentially creating new beta, coming up with new names and hunting to find new problems in areas climbers don’t typically visit is all part of the game.
Last fall, after several long days of hiking (and finding nothing) in the dense forests of RMNP, I stumbled upon an incredible new boulder with an incredible new roof. Today I finally made it back with Daniel Woods and Brian Capps, psyched to give it some attempts. Winter still has its firm grasp on the land. It was cold and the white mountains silently stood watch.
The roof holds several projects, but we went to work on the “king line” which comes out the middle of the awesomely steep wall. The moves are stellar, and the rock is the typically featured swirly gneiss for which the Park has become so famous. It was a good, but snowy session and I look forward to heading back soon. The top remains buried, and has yet to be thoroughly cleaned, but of the lower moves Daniel did all but one. This looks to be at least V14. It is amazing that Colorado continues to produce such quality problems. Extremely motivating. If you are interested in checking out this project, directions will be in the new Rocky Mountain NP and Mt. Evans Bouldering Guide, in the Veritas Section. It is now nearly complete and should be out in time for the upcoming season. More to come…
Daniel Woods attempts a new and difficult project deep in the forest of RMNP.
Brian Capps tries to hold the difficult tension moves.
Daniel Woods, fresh of his quick repeat of Warpath V14, in the midst of the crux.