The Rock Shop

The Rock Shop

Posted on 07. Nov, 2012 by in Five Ten, Organic Climbing

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.

FA of The Giving Tree

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.

Collin Horvat on a classic Jesse Brown (spotting) highball at the Rockshop.

Nabbing the 3rd ascent of a classic Chris Marley problem A Tribe Called Lander

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!

15 Responses to “The Rock Shop”

  1. JB

    08. Nov, 2012

    Great post, and I am sincerely glad to hear you guys are so stoked- that’s what bouldering is about!

    That said, are those enormous tick marks really necessary? I’m pretty confident your vision is good enough to do without ’em…



  2. William

    08. Nov, 2012

    Why does it matter if someone uses large tick marks? As long as they are brushed off, no harm no foul. We all have our own way. Don’t damage (chip) the rock and all should be fine.

  3. Davin

    08. Nov, 2012

    Well done on The Giving Tree. That thing has needed an ascent for a very long time. Mr. Dave Nash, now living in Denver showed that boulder in 2002. That was also long before the bouldering boom, so just sat there waiting for attention.

    Wyoming has always been a bouldering boom and bust state. Obviously a boom now with so many good areas out there. And a large part of the boom is having climbers from elsewhere come in and help develop. We’ve needed help for a while now, our communities are just too small. I for one am excited to have you guys visit the great boulder fields of Wyoming.

    Do not miss interpret this, but Devil’s Kitchen is not the best in Wyoming (bet you knew that was coming). It shares a place in the top few as one of the best in Wyoming and probably the country. Of course home is where the heart is and that determines your personal ranking of fantastic and beautiful places. I couldn’t argue with the majesty of the Kitchen or the quality, it is one of my favorites now. It calls me like few places do, but there are a few.

  4. B3

    08. Nov, 2012

    Davin, you’re always one step ahead!

  5. B3

    08. Nov, 2012

    Fantastic claims require fantastic evidence.

  6. Davin

    09. Nov, 2012

    Fantastic indeed. We should compare notes on your next visit. Maybe do a compare and contrast of the best areas.

  7. B3

    09. Nov, 2012

    Haha, awesome. I love that you know so much Davin and I am glad you have spent so much time looking. We will climb together soon me thinks.

  8. chorvat

    09. Nov, 2012

    Davin, as amazing as the Kitchen is I fully believe that Wyoming has much much more to offer and the likelihood of multiple areas in Wyoming being better is not that far fetched in my mind. I have been climbing in Wyoming since before I moved to CO (5 years ago) and have always enjoyed the beauty, rock quality, solidarity, adventure aspect, and people. I am very much looking forward to enjoying more of what the state has to offer and would love to check out any one of your amazing areas whenever you are up to give a tour!

  9. Davin

    11. Nov, 2012


    Looking forward to you coming back up too! I have weekends and Tuesdays free.

    Remember, I’m not saying better than Devil’s Kitchen, but as good or also the future of American bouldering (=of similar quality rock, scenic setting, and number of possible world class lines). Three or four areas come to mind.

    See you soon I hope

  10. B3

    11. Nov, 2012

    Similar approach?

  11. Davin

    11. Nov, 2012

    The approach into Devil’s Kitchen has two factors. The drive on lots of dirt roads and the hike. The hike in is easy, while the hike out is straight up a steep and very tall canyon side. The other areas that are very good have a few differences;
    Some have similar to slightly worse roads, but easier hikes, like those on the closer end of Bear Valley and in the center of Wyoming in the Great Basin Ranges.
    The best sectors of Neverland have far better roads and no real approaches.
    Then there is the far end of Bear Valley with its long and very poor road (notice I sold the Jeep for something more rugged). Once out there, approaches vary from short and easy to much longer hikes (1-3 miles). but far more rock than anywhere else. And amazing rock! The finest rock!
    Some places in Montana have superb rock with easy roads too.

    In all, I’m really psyched to have Wyoming finally realized for those who prefer the finest rock in the most beautiful and unique places. Really excited to share it with those of you who share the dream. Like a kid in a candy store I’m just losing my mind with it all. Hard to say what I would pick if i could only have one.

  12. B3

    11. Nov, 2012

    Davin, you know I love this stuff! I’ll have some more free time in a bit, lets get out and climb some of those projects!! And talk about how amazing Wyoming is going to be…haha

  13. Noah

    20. Nov, 2012

    As a fresh transplant to Montana from the East, it’s impressive to see this type of open atmosphere surrounding new development. It’s understandable to keep the proverbial cards close to the chest when potential is limited, but can really get in the way of creating a solid community. Very cool that most folks out here are willing to share a good thing!

  14. Noah

    01. Apr, 2013

    I want in!

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