Rock, Snow and… Ice?

This month has been good for climbing, June is the ideal time of year to get in some alpine routes in avy-safe conditions while still being able to rock climb in the shade.  I ticked off a climb I’ve been wanting to do for a while, the Yellow Spur in Eldorado CanyonDan took the direct start and bolt ladder pitch, and I climbed everything in the middle of the route.  Later that evening Dan, Monika and I went to the Dosage V premiere in Boulder and got to be humbled by the sheer pool of climbing talent that was on screen and in the audience.

The Yellow Spur The Yellow Spur The Yellow Spur

This weekend my friends Matt, Gregory and I climbed the route Martha on Mount Lady Washington in the Park.  This year we’ve seen record snowfall and cold temperatures, and we thought the route might be in a bit longer than usual.  It was fairly melted out and we ended up climbing the difficult sections with our bare hands instead of our ice tools.  Even though the conditions weren’t ideal, we had a great day up above treeline.

Chasm Lake Trail Starting up Martha Martha Mount Meeker and Longs Peak The Diamond from MLW Descending Mount Lady Washington