There’s a new kid in town, and he’s come to play. The Colorado Mountain Journal is a new website dedicated to human powered sports in Colorado, masterminded by proflific writer and outdoor enthusiast Dougald MacDonald. The majority of the content has a backcountry flavor, with current stories ranging from skiing in Crested Butte to ice conditions around the state. Local choss aficionados might particularly enjoy a recent post about Jeff Achey’s latest contribution to the Grizzly Creek Wall in Glenwood Canyon, a new six pitch 5.11+ called Stardust. From the story:
“This one’s the best yet, I think,” Achey said. “The belays are bolted, as are some of the cruxes, and the trad protection is good throughout. The route overhangs the entire way. The rock is pretty good, but with the typical Mudwall grit and the occasional loose block.”
There’s an interesting historical tid bit about the wall as well:
“In 2007, Achey and Tony Angelis completed a route that Kor had attempted twice, with Bob LaGrange and Huntley Ingalls (The Mudwall, now 5.11, six pitches). ‘Kor wanted to call the route the Cima Fantissimo, after its imaginary likeness to something in the Dolomites, but Huntley Ingalls called it the Mudwall, which of course stuck,’ Achey said. Thus, he explained, he calls this part of cliff the Fantissimo Sector.”
The site is just getting going, but there’s already a slew of great content over there and we’re psyched to see what the future holds for them. We’ve added it to our list of sites to browse daily, be sure to head on over and check it out.