Ginger Cracks (5.9) – 11/22/2015

“Ginger Cracks” was our next outing at Red Rocks. We chose the route because of the difficulty level, length, and also because it was supposed to be less crowded than the Red Rocks classics. We go to the National Park entrance around 6:40 am, and started hiking towards the Ginger Buttress at 7:10am. The approach…

Triassic Sands (5.10b) – 11/21/2015

Triassic Sands was our first climb at Red Rocks this year. We left the house late, around 9:30 am, so four pitches and a short approach seemed like an appropriate goal. The dirt road to Black Velvet Canyon was pretty bumpy, I was wondering if our small economy rental car was going to make it….

Rose Hips (5.7+) to Birthday Cake (5.6) – 11/27/2015

It was supposed to cool down to the high 40s degrees Fahrenheit the day after Thanksgiving. Aaron and I were looking into doing a lot of easy pitches in the sun. We planned on doing “Myster Z” on Jackrabbit Buttress to “Armatron” on Brownstone Wall. That didn’t happen. We got to the base of Myster…

Summer has gone

The long climbing Summer is flying away. It starts feeling like this in the Pacific Northwest when you look at the weather forecasts for surrounding climbing areas, and you see high chances of rain, and a sudden temperature drop. We are still able to steal a few climbs in the area before the winter comes…

Dealing with exposure – Iconoclast – 5.10C/5.11A – 10/4/2015

Aaron and I spent last weekend in Leavenworth, WA, seeking the last bit of sun before the usual grayness. We spent the first day doing some casual climbing on Icicle Buttress. Aaron was the designated leader of the day. I followed him up a first fun legit 5.8 crack, then we did some dirty easy climbing to gain…

Iconoclast tentative – Psychopath (5.11A) – 9/19/2015

Last Saturday Jaga and I had planned to climb “Iconoclast” on the Snow Creek Wall. It’s a big climb for me, I spent some time studying the pitches to make sure I could lead them all. My main goal was to climb “Psycopath”, a 5.11A varation of Pitch 2 of Iconoclast. That line seemed beautiful….

Trout Creek – 9/6/2015 – 9/7/2015

We only got two days of climbing in Trout Creek, but that was plenty since the routes are steep, physical, and thus mentally challenging (for me!). Trout Creek got me obsessed with climbing last year. if I wasn’t prior to that. There aren’t any easy routes, and the ones rated below 5.10- are usually wide…

Acid Baby – 5.10+ – 8/22/2015

“Acid Baby”. What a great name for a climb! I want to do it. And so we did last weekend. This climb is fairly sustained. Nothing rated under 5.9 (that grade at Leavenworth is no joke to me still!), and two of the three 5.9 pitches certainly got they own challenges. We slept at the trailhead…

Beacon Rock – 8/15/2015

Since the weather in the mountains looked good only one day, Aaron and I decided to try a new crag. beacon Rock is actually not too far from Tacoma. Why haven’t we been there before? Oh, maybe because there is nothing easy besides the really popular “SouthEast corner”. These days I have been ok, starting…

Index – Little Fire – 5.10 – 7/19/2015

It was about 90-95 degrees at Index that weekend but Aaron and I decided to battle the heat. The plan was to crag a few route at Private Idaho, then find the Duck Wall and maybe, maybe, get on “Little Fire”. We made a wrong turn on the trail and ended up at the Duck Wall….

South Early Winter Spire – Northwest Face – 5.11A – 8/3/2015

Last Saturday Aaron and I climbed the Northwest Face of South Early Winter Spire. It was a long, hard, strenuous, mentally  and physically challenging, and honestly too hard for me. But now that I am back home, I have the desire to try again and do better and faster. This route is a five star climb….