While most of my efforts of development have been focused on the Devil’s Kitchen (and rightfully so, it’s the best bouldering in Wyoming), there are a number of other worthwhile areas in the Lander area that have recently been uncovered. I’ve gotten to know the small cadre of locals in the area over the past few years, and they have graciously shared information about new areas and projects. Jesse Brown in particular has welcomed our crew with open arms, and on one of my recent visits, took me to a fabulous project not far from town, at a new area called The Rock Shop.
I had visited the The Rock Shop on a previous trip. Chris Marley, who has been instrumental in the discovery of a number of new projects and areas toured us around the first time. I was very impressed with the quality of the rock and the short approach. This time we were tired from a previous few days in the Kitchen, but I am always up for checking out some new stone. Jesse took us down a new dirt road and a quick 2 min walk up the hill lead us to an outstanding roof project. I spent over three hours figuring out beta and trying to climb the overhang to no avail. It’s not often I am handed such an incredible project and I knew I would have to dig deep if I wanted the FA. My skin was a wreck, my muscles were aching, and I was mentally tired. I recently turned 35, and while I have no intentions of slowing down, my body does not handle three days of intense hiking, developing and bouldering as well as it once did. My strength began to fade, and I made less and less progress, worried that I was probably finished for the weekend. But the my stubbornness has not waned, and I was determined to try to finish it until we absolutely had to leave. The most efficient thing for me to do was to take a good rest. We decided to hunt for some new rock, checked out some more established boulders and eventually worked our way back to the overhang. Feeling slightly more recovered I gave it one last effort and pulled it out. The Giving Tree V10 is the best FA I have climbed in Wyoming. Its easy access, awesome moves and outstanding rock quality should make it a popular test piece for anyone visiting Lander.
With rumors of new sandstone, limestone and granite, I’m nearly tempted to move to Lander and really delve into what’s there. For now it remains a great place to visit, and I am glad Chris and Jesse are so motivated and willing to share. That motivates me.
P.S. I used my Five Ten Neon Knee Bar Knee Pad for this problem (see photo) and it was awesome. The straps are super durable, it kept my knee free from blood and scrapes, and worked wonderfully, not to mention it just looks cool. I was glad I had it. I can’t thank Five Ten enough for the support over the years! Thanks guys!