Spring Already?

Last weekend was cool but bearable, and climbing in Boulder Canyon was enjoyable and uncrowded. This weekend, with the temperatures in Boulder reaching a high of 75, every climber in the area seemed to be out enjoying the nice weather. Matt and I got up early on Saturday to score the pole position on Icarus, a romp up Tower One in Eldorado Canyon. We climbed the first pitch of The Great Zot and shivered at the windy belay, topped out in the sun and sweated our way down the rappels. Every route in Eldo had a party already on it, so we bailed for Boulder Canyon and a newly developed area that wouldn’t have the traffic. All in all a fantastic day!

Tower One The Great Zot Jam It The Boulderado Flatirons Hike

Ouray

The yearly trip to Ouray to go ice climbing went very well this year. I got to lead some easy, long ice and try telemark skiing for the first time (boy, my thighs are still tired). Midway through the trip Dave Ruel and I decided we were just getting too much snowfall to pass up Telluride and made the jaunt over to partake in the powder. The ice park was great, but every night we’d get more snow and the first person up a route would have to shovel their way to the top. My mom and the boys headed out with me again to see the sights and play for a bit in the snow. Good food, hot springs and some beautiful scenery always make for a good visit.

Ouray Ouray Welcome Sign Benjamin and Papa Placing a Screw Schoolroom Lead Topping Out

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

Working Wood

I’m finally getting my shop in the garage organized to the point where I can begin doing some more woodworking projects. At my old house I was able to crank out a few pieces that got increasingly better over time, especially as I bought the proper tools to use. Right now I’m using a table saw, jointer, planer, band saw, drill press, router and router table to shape my projects. My most recent project was a 38″x30″ picture frame with inlaid birds-eye maple, all my current wood supply comes from my uncle in Maine. Here are some pictures of my projects.

Picture Frame Picture Frame Detail Picture Frame Detail Empeg Dock Empeg Dock Empeg Dock

Cherry Cabinet Cherry Cabinet Router Table Fence Router Table Corner Cabinet Picture Frame

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