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Winter Ice Climbing

Just posting up a few pictures of some recent days on ice. Last week I went up to Hidden Falls in RMNP with some friends and tried to play nice with the other ice climbers all waiting to get on a bit of frozen water. The ice was nice, the weather was a bit chilly, though. An easy approach in a good setting with a nice meal afterwards always makes for a great day. This afternoon I headed out to Clear Creek Canyon in Golden to lead a few ice routes with a friend. Temps were much nicer, we had the place mostly to ourselves although the ice was a bit brittle. Too bad my camera ran out of batteries after the first picture!

Hiking In Hidden Falls Topping Out Hidden Falls Double Team Full House Clear Creek Ice

Winter

Winter has finally arrived here in Colorado. There have been a few storms on the Front Range but the majority of the snow has been in the high peaks and the San Juan mountains. Samuel and I did get to go to Copper last Friday to ski, most of the snow was man-made but the conditions were decent enough. On Thanksgiving day we took the boys up to Chautauqua Park in Boulder to go hiking in the snow. Yesterday I went with a group up to Rocky Mountain National Park to go ice climbing, we hiked in to Loch Vale Gorge, climbed a few ice routes and attempted a mixed line that ended up being pretty hard (M7+). The freezing temperatures had us retreating to Ed’s Cantina in Estes Park fairly quickly, but it was great to get out and climb some early season ice!

The Third First And Second Flatiron The Flatirons Mo' Flo' Than Go Free Strike Zone Free Strike Zone Mo' Flo' Than Go

Sandstone, Gneiss and Granite

The past few weeks I’ve been trying to get out climbing in Eldo or Boulder Canyon since the weather has been nice. Most days are t-shirt weather but when the sun goes down or the wind picks up, you’d better have another layer! My tick list on Mountain Project is getting bigger and my todos are slowly shrinking, although I seem to keep adding more climbs to do as I explore the area more. I can tell the end of the season is coming soon because the days are definitely getting shorter, and I can only get two or three pitches in after work. The good news is that ice season is quickly approaching!

Your Basic Lieback Dihedral Deugan Belays On the Wall

Second Pitch Washington Irving Tigger Tigger

Fall

The leaves are turning, cooler temperatures are here and the days are getting shorter.  It’s perfect weather for climbing and hiking, and we’ve been doing some of both in the past few weeks.  I have been trying to push myself leading trad, and last week led my first 5.8+ route – Huston Crack.  Boulder Canyon has many great granite cracks that I can’t wait to climb.  Monika, the boys and I have also been hiking around the area and trying to see different areas of CO that we haven’t before.  We always take our camera and seem to get some pretty good shots of the kids now and then.

Button Rock Preserve Benjamin Button Rock Preserve Samuel's Seat Samuel Samuel and Benjamin

Summer Update

Monika, the kids and I decided to drive through South Dakota on our way back from our visit with family in Ohio. We drove for three days, visited Wall Drug, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial all in one day. The southwest corner of South Dakota seems to be the happening place in that state, the rest of the drive was highlighted by billboard ads for Wall Drug and the Mystery Spot.

Mt. Rushmore Mt. Rushmore Mt. Rushmore

Monika and I climbed Torreys Peak (14,267ft) today, it was her first fourteener and she did great. We went up Kelso Ridge, this was my second time up the route and today we had great weather for it. The crux of the climb was a bit more exposed because all the snow in Dead Dog Couloir had melted earlier this summer. Five hours up, two and a half down with a total ascent of 2946ft at an average of 14ft per minute. Thank you, Mr. Altimeter Watch.

Heading Up Kelso Ridge Monika's First 14er Finishing Kelso Ridge Kelso Ridge Monika and Mark on Torreys Monika Descends Torreys

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