Monday, 12 April 2010

The Game V16

Went to look at 'the hardest boulder problem in the world' called The Game V16.  It was in Boulder Canyon and is 8 moves long.   We tried holding some of the holds, they were very small and that was with our feet on the ground! Watch this video and towards the end you see the route being worked by Daniel Woods.

 Sharon under the 60 degree roof that the route goes through.

Then we went cragging at Elephant Buttress accessed along a water pipe.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Eldora Mountain

Skiing in Colorado at Eldora Mountain Resort!

For someone who has only ever skied in Scotland the wide, well groomed pistes of Colorado were a pleasant surprise.

Even when it clouded in, it was not like Scotland!

And this was the snow amounts on the penultimate day of the 2009/10 season!

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

What you do when you wake up and it is snowing hard!

You go out in it and sit in the hot tub!  It was -7 outside!

 Leaving the cabin

A fossilized Redwood stump 35million years old ( and the tree is quite old too!).

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

What you do at the end of day's cragging

Garden of the Gods again.  Sun and red rock

Monday, 5 April 2010

Garden of the Gods

Red Sandstone at Garden of the Gods in the sunshine with Pikes Peak in the background

Pikes Peak 14000'

Just about to set off up a route called Credibility Gap

Montezuma's Tower

Sharon at the top of North Ridge on the tower.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Our home in Colorado Springs

Sitting on the back porch

Snowy Colorado

With snow still falling in areas of Colorado and winds
blowing from the west over the Rockies the weather has not been the best for rock climbing since the first two days. Luckily there are plenty of hills around covered in snow to walk up.

Our Jeep driving down Boulder Canyon

Sharon on the top of Sugarloaf Mountain 9000' Boulder in the background.

Sharon walking in Eldorado Canyon, scene of many famous rock climbs.

Looking west over the great plains.

Name the famous route (clue the arete has been climbed with no clothes on)

Friday, 2 April 2010

A year on and we are back in the USA!

You might get the impression from the blog that the last year has been quiet and that nothing has happened. Actually, it has been busy .... but not recorded! For an overview of the winter's caving activities see the Thursday Night Club Blog.

This Easter we flew to Denver (via Los Angeles) using the vouchers we got for flying home first class last Easter with the intention of trying the climbing in a different part of the USA.

Sharon walking up to Flatiron 1 above Boulder, Colorado to do the East Face.

Pitch 8 leading to the summit ridge

We climbed the East Face route on Flatiron 1 a ten pitch route. The snow on some pitches added to the interest.