Monday, November 17, 2008

Pushing the Seasonal Envelope

Winter snow is still holding back on the Continental Divide, so we ventured out. Once again, Levi came over from Missoula with Dean, and my old friend Travis. I was psyched that Twilly linked up with those two, and it was really cool to meet and climb with Dean, and once again with Levi and Travis.

We had a pretty large group, and everyone was excited. The temperature was crisp and optimal for sending. After a short walking tour, we decided to base our morning near the Jubilee Boulder. We built a fire to relax by and warm up next to, and soon everyone was climbing, wandering, spotting, chilling...and the energy beam grew wide and the session developed and split. As many as 3 or 4 problems being tried at once...it was great to see, and it continued throughout the day....




Pipe Bum


Then AWhit snags the center line...

















Levi on the FA of [i]Palm Aid[/i]

I then talk the group to move towards the Gordo Boulder to work a overhanging hands/fingers crack and a OW...

They kindly offer me first crack at it...

and I'm slapped down...a session quickly ensues...












Dean gets through the awkwardness to the good jams above. Great send Dean!

Attention shifts to the OW...











Barbarella



I was super psyched that Whitmore sent too. Nice Andrew!



project on the backside of Gordo












It was dark when we walked out...another great day in the Batholith...I'd like to say I'll be back there next weekend, but the fortune cookie says different...



So the lady and I are loading up the pop trailer and heading to Indian Creek to meet up with the brother...maybe I'll see you there?


Cheers,

Tom

3 comments:

mojede said...

Awesome fall climbing day for sure in a great setting. The fire was a nice bonus.

Josh Gage said...

Tom,

Excellent shots! Cool flash-work as well.. Are you using an external or on camera flash?

Man, that overhanging crack problem looks stellar... I normally dont get too stoked on bouldering unless there are cracks involved...

cheers,

Josh

TK said...

Hi Josh,

The flash is from the camera...lighting was kinda funky due to it being fairly overcast. Glad you like em.

We got your crack bouldering if the ice isn't forming soon enough for ya! Hit us up.

Tom