July 4, 2015
|Nick, packing up and heading out on the trail, tape-gloves ready.|
We often choose to climb in the Reynolds Hill area because it’s typically less crowded than Central, and one of the most scenic parts of the park. There are 33 routes in this area alone, and on the hike, we walked along wildflower meadows and aspen groves, and splashed through a refreshing brook or two.
We found a giant mushroom brain on the path, which believe it or not, is totally edible and could’ve fed all six of us! (below)
Vedauwoo is the kingdom of crack climbing. Last year, as an inexperienced trad climber (naive and ignorant) I jumped on Maiden (5.6) and placed 3 out of 4 pieces of gear incorrectly. Translation: If I had fallen, I would’ve been up a creek, down 30 feet. [Do not attempt!] This year, I successfully, correctly, and safely lead Maiden, among a few others. It’s so rewarding to return to a crag and crush.
|Here’s Will sending Klink (5.10) without a peep.|
Some of my first times trad climbing was in Indian Creek in 2014 where I first met Stephen, one of the most supportive, encouraging, positive dudes I’ve ever met. If Steven says “You can totally do that,” then I know I can do it! I was so happy to finally spend a day climbing with both him and his beautiful (inside and out) girlfriend, Joanna. “No way, I wear my fancy outdoor clothes when I go out on the town,” she said. “For climbing, I throw on these Aeropostale jeans I’ve had since I was fourteen.”