I was hoping to show Mike some newer areas that had been developed a few summers back. Knowing Mike has just started climbing again after a long injury break, I was thinking his perspective on grades would be foggy and down rates would be far less likely. Snow from the past epic of a winter didn't give us a chance. Boulders that were developed three years ago in early July aren't showing themselves yet. Not even a hint was given as to were we could start digging for most of them! Luckily there are some old classic lines on lower boulders that melt out sooner. Some of those were still half buried in what has to be some sort of skier cult curse. In any case, the classic boulders of Lake Marie, including an old John Gill line are as good as they ever were. Mike too showed he had some fire left after a long hiatus from real rock.
|Mike warming up on a V3 on the Iced Earth Boulder|
To get to the Lake Marie boulders from Laramie:
Drive Wyo 130 from Laramie to Centennial and continue through Centennial after a coffee stop. Drive Wyo 130 to the top of the mountain and park under the looming 900' wall of Medicine Bow Peak either at the Mirror Lake picnic area (closed now under 20 feet of snow) or at the Lake Marie parking lot and walk the paved path and gravel road back around to the Mirror Lake picnic area. From the out house on the top of the hill in the picnic grounds (closest paved area to the alpine walls) walk directly at the biggest alpine face. walk through the meadow or snow drift under the small talus field and drop down toward the inlet creek of Lake Marie. The Gill Boulder, home to one of America's oldest problems, sits along the creek at the base of the talus. Above the Gill Boulder, in the talus coming off the diamond of Med. Bow Peak, is the Drift Boulder, The Iced Earth Boulder, the White Cube and many other smaller boulders all around. Those boulders listed are from bottom to top of the talus. Sure, I should leave a topo on this blog as there are many problems in the area, but time hasn't allowed it yet.
|Mike on the V6 sit start to the classic Gill Problem. Look for the Gill arrow painted on the wall above Mike's right hand.|
|Mike in his sexy short shorts trying Magdalena V8 on the Gill Boulder.|
|Mike on an unnamed V7 on the White Cube Boulder. One of the very classic lines for the area.|