Daniel Woods adds Mirror Reality V14 to RMNP

Posted on 06. Jan, 2012 by in News

Daniel Woods has made the first ascent of another difficult boulder problem in the Estes Park area. This time he climbed the first ascent of the long-standing “Bridge Project*”, just 50 yds off the Bear Lake Road near Moraine Park, a large open meadow in Rocky Mountain National Park. There are only a handful of boulders in the area, but this relatively short problem is one of the best. The first move is a difficult one, perhaps the crux, and it is followed by small flat edges which culminate in a difficult dyno to the lip of the boulder and a tenuous and subtle top out. The problem is in the V14 range and is a great addition to the long list of high quality and difficult problems found throughout the Park.

Here is what Daniel had to say about the new problem:

“Yeah it was a cool day… warm in the park actually. I named it Mirror Reality. It has every style of climbing. Sit start leading to a low percentage first move, a dyno in the middle, finishing with a delicate yet powerful lip encounter. The nature of stone is glassy and you have to bend reality to make the low percentage dyno. This is one of my favorite climbs I have done so far in the park. I think it is mid to hard 8B+.”

-Daniel Woods

Daniel’s hardest FA’s in RMNP:

Hypnotized Minds V15 Veritas Boulder unrepeated
Jade V14 Upper Chaos
Aslan V14 Lower Chaos
Mirror Reality V14 Bridge Boulders unrepeated

*Pedestrians are not allowed on the bridge (which spans the Big Thompson River) but those interested in trying the problem can park just beyond the bridge on the east side of the road. Hike up hill 50 yds or so to an obvious cluster of large boulders. The problem faces the town of Estes Park (although the town cannot be seen from the problem) and begins as a sit-start.

4 Responses to “Daniel Woods adds Mirror Reality V14 to RMNP”

  1. William

    06. Jan, 2012

    Did Dave G inspire the inspiration for Daniel W to try this problem?

  2. B3

    06. Jan, 2012

    I think it was Dave who found and cleaned this one a year or so ago.

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  4. Stephen

    06. Jan, 2012

    Nice work Daniel! I stumbled upon this area about a year ago and cleaned and put up some stuff. Its very secluded for being so close to the road. Psyched some hard stuff is going up there!

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