After bagging the idea of doing some skiing and scoping in the Beartooths Zana and I headed down to our favorite sports climbing destination: Ten Sleep, WY. For some reason we decided re-enact our 20s and drove down at 11 pm on Friday night. Interesting.
Beautiful climbing as always in Ten Sleep, plus being the off-season we saw virtually nobody. My power and endurance are very low due to the massive amount of skiing I did over the winter combined with virtually no climbing. As much as I love the climbing in the Batholith it just doesn't prepare one for 100' pocketed endurance routes. Nonetheless, we got 3 solid days of climbing in with 2 days at the French Cattle Ranch and the first day exploring Leigh Creek.
We ran into Fruh and Rose down there the first night and climbed a little bit with them on the second day. Fruh seems motivated to climb again as demonstrated by easily sending Hellion .13c at the Supererratic Wall.
Fruh cruising Hellion
On a side note. It seems in the quest for 5.14s the keepers of Ten Sleep are going to resort to "grid-bolting". In the past couple of years more and more squeeze jobs keep going in at some classic zones such as the French Cattle Rance and the Supererratic. With miles and miles of beautiful stone at their fingertips it does seem a little harsh to be putting bolt lines within 4' of each other.
Makes me want to grab my rack and wander off.....