We just spent the last 8 days on the road in Utah and California, and are now recovering and unpacking at home, getting ready for the start of summer school. More good stuff is on the way soon, but for now, all I’ve got is a picture that should be worth about a 1000 words. […]
It seems that spring is here, with warmer days being the norm this week and next. The ice has taken a beating with high temps at night, but if you’re motivated you can still find some (mostly) frozen water to swing at. For those who are still holding on to winter, here’s a shot from […]
I’m ready for spring. I’m ready for desert sandstone. I’m ready for flip flops and shorts and green things and sunshine and being warm without having a jacket on. Are you?
Sure, it’s still mid-February, but it’s going to be 54 degrees here this weekend, and the weather in the desert looks amazing. And as incredibly wonderful as the skiing and ice climbing have been, I’ve found myself missing green things and sunny cliffs. Here Tracy Wilson finds some warm desert sandstone, which I’m hoping I […]
… just follow the signs.
Waking up in the Castleton parking lot, the clouds immediately caught my eye. They were high in the sky, arrayed in numerous whispy, almost fractal-like shapes. I spent a good 20 minutes just shooting photos of the surreal scene, and this image I think captures it the best.
Relics, on Grand View Spire in Colorado National Monument, is a classic route that’s typical of the area: two excellent pitches, one mediocre one, and one horrible pitch. That’s what you get in the Monument, and while I’m not sure I’d do it again, it’s certainly a worthwhile outing, complete with a tyrolean traverse back […]
Many climbers know of the Drool as the best pillar route in Redstone (aside from the Pencil which pretty much never comes in). Of lesser renown is the second pitch, which is a worthy outing in it’s own right. Typically steep and thin early season, it rests in a fairly shady alcove where it grows […]
I should know better. After eight years of being a “blogger,” committing to something that has to happen on a regular basis, it’s a dangerous thing. Like so many blogs that come and go, the energy starts high, and then fades once the reality sets in. But, I’m feeling like I need a challenge, so […]
Skiers have long had “Turns All Year,” in which they attempt to ski every month of the year. Jeff Cole and his wife Samantha made a New Year’s resolution to get out of their hometown of Boise and go on at least one climbing trip every month in 2013, or “Trips All Year.” This is […]
On the east side of Independence Pass, on the flanks of the highest peak in Colorado, sits a wonderful crag of compact alpine granite. Featuring some of the finest 5.10 sport climbing in the state, Monitor Rock is known by most for its excellent bolted routes. There is, however, a hidden trad gem lurking among […]
Thanks to the funky, metamorphic geology of the area, Independence Pass offers some of the steepest trad climbing this side of the Gunks.
Download a topo of the newest routes at the Narrows, including the 50 meter enduro monster Gold Brick!
If you are looking for a good crack climbing fix close to Moab, the Abraxas Wall is well worth a visit.
The Redstone Winterfest is right around the corner, and ice climbing conditions in the Crystal River Valley are looking really good. With so many climbs to choose from, here’s our pick for the best pure ice lines in Redstone.