Posted on 09. Jun, 2013 by in Neverland

IMG_3694 Lonely Wyoming

Last week I snuck back up to Neverland to finish off a great project I had previously put effort into. Exploration and development continue to play a key role in my own development as a climber, and it’s those facets I have put most of my focus into when I have time to climb. Adventure goes hand in hand with development, and Wyoming is the perfect place to play that out. I appreciate the peace and quiet of Neverland and the stark and beautiful scenery north of Laramie. The gnarled dead trees sharply punctuate the endless ocean of sage and the old weathered world sits exposed to the elements. The rock here is wonderful and the springtime scenery sublime. We saw any number of elk, antelope and deer roaming the verdant plain.


Thankfully, while Colorado warmed up and the masses descended upon RMNP, Mt. Evans and Guanella Pass, we found not only quiet and solitude, but good unclimbed projects to test ourselves against. I was lucky enough to catch some good conditions last Saturday, and dispatch with a new line shown to me by Davin Bagdonas.
The bullet hard face is littered with crimps, and I figured out no less then 4 different sequences to climb up. I finally settled on the most efficient one after typically going back and forth, and there and back again. Often I battle my impatience, and although conditions in the morning were reasonable, I kept telling myself to wait until evening when I was almost certain the wind would pick up and the temperatures would drop. But almost isn’t good enough and the forecast called for a warming trend. Conditions were good enough to climb it as is and I threw myself at the problem, spurned on by the efforts of Kristin Kirkland and Justin Jaeger. I finally layed it to rest calling it The Arkenstone V11.
IMG_3859The Arkenstone V11 FA

I feel psyched to finally put up a good problem at Neverland and motivated to put effort into many of the projects I’ve been shown in the area.

It was another great day, and it seems for the motivated and willing boulderer there is no shortage of new rock to climb on. Wyoming is a vast and rocky state, and I would encourage all who are interested in visiting to take the time to explore for themselves! Again, Davin Bagdonas has spearheaded the development here and he seems amenable to tours for motivated climbers. Davin has put an enormous amount of time into searching for a developing these areas, and if you see him, thank him for his efforts!

Afterwards I left for home for a few days before heading off to Climb So Ill, for some route setting.

6 Responses to “Neverland”

  1. Tarose

    09. Jun, 2013

    Crazy in the ocean extension project. Amazing, go see it if you haven’t already.

  2. B3

    09. Jun, 2013

    Tim, that’s a good one. I thought the undercling thing next to it was better. But both are worthy!

  3. Davin

    10. Jun, 2013

    And the lonely a-frame project in the cave up hill, the La Prue reminder.

    Great contribution with The Arkenstone! Thanks for making the trip.

  4. JW

    14. Jun, 2013

    spurn: to reject with disdain. (awesome climbing partners)

    layed: eggs.

    nice pics, but bring an editor.

  5. B3

    14. Jun, 2013

    Sorry JW

  6. Jabroni

    16. Jun, 2013

    I agree with JW.

    Few little tips:
    * the past tense of spit is spat for the entire english-speaking world bar America. I *spat* on that garbage grammar, not spit on it (bar rednecks). I *spat* on America’s poor grasp of past tense, some time ago – hence that i spat and didn’t spit. Then I became nauseated by the increasing use of nauseous. The King’s English is being brutalised.

    * I led it. I lead it. Only one of those depicts past tense, and it’s not ‘lead’. I will lead it. I led it, in the past. !! I LED IT.

    * spurned: My poor English was spurned by those who have a reasonably facile understanding of the King’s English. But it was spurred on by those who understand English and physics.

    In short, it’s a shame Shakespeare came up with 90,000 words only to have 89,999 of them be eaten up by poor grammar.

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