Wild Basin is slowly becoming one of the most popular bouldering destinations in Colorado. The relatively quick approach, short hike, and excellent quality boulder problems make it an appealing destination, particularly as the weather has finally cooled off here in Boulder and the leaves are brilliantly gold.
Today was a quick session but it was a good one. Matty Hong, who is methodically picking his way through some of the hardest problems in Colorado, made the second ascent of Daniel Woods’ White Noise V15. Matty, not one to be too hung up on grades, off-handedly suggested it could be V14, but that others can climb it and decide for themselves. I turned the camera on as quickly as I could but missed the first few set up moves. Here is the footage I shot of the ascent:
Matty’s commitment to sport climbing certainly paid off on this long and strenuous problem, which breaks down into a V14 into a V10. Great effort on his part.
I climbed Campari V10, which starts the same but heads up the right arete, to a drop-off jug. It was nice to take a break from so much developing and just repeat some established problems. Collin Horvat also climbed the Campari, and Justin Jaeger climbed the V9 left arete (as did Collin) and we all repeated Ryan Silven’s Real Hero V8, a nice problem in the main area. Ian Dory, who was also there, flashed both aretes. It was a great fall day in the mountains with some quality people.
My focus for the fall is to rebuild a base of harder problems as it has been more than a year since I’ve climbed a problem graded V12 or harder. My fall ticklist is as follows:
Tetris V12, Wild Basin, CO
Mind Matters V12, Guanella Pass, CO
Carefully By Hand V12, Nicky’s Boulders, CO
Double Dutchez V12, Guanella Pass, CO
Never Cry Wolf V13, Devil’s Kitchen, WY
Flux For Life V13, Endovalley, CO
Rodeo Free Europe 5.14a, Wild Iris
I hope this will provide a strong foundation so that I can give a serious effort on Midnight Express V14 when things really cool off.