Yesterday was another day in the Falcon's Lair for me and several others. Lander locals David and Ashley Lloyd, and Chris Marley, four of the crew from Casper, Wy, Cory Cummings, Danny Baker, Jeff Nielson, and Tony ??, and Seth Sivinski and myself from Laramie made up a large crew.
Rain and storm greeted us for our 8am start. As we drove the rain fell harder then became sleet, which became a light snow at the trail head. Just as we had begun to contemplate a day of walking in the storm to find new rock the sky started to clear. It was enough to encourage us into the wilderness. The day eventually turned to blue sky and the best conditions of the season. All the signs of autumn completed the alpine experience. It is a limited time frame now to boulder at the Lair this season. Some of the snow from last weeks storm system remains on the upper sections of the valley. Conditions however are the very best.
|Another view of the unclimbed with Danny Baker|
I tried a few of the other projects that Chris had been working on his own. Beautiful lines on their own and even more impressive as additions to the Lair. Chris finished both in good style. The first was a short and very powerful roof that was dug out of from the snow field that caps the valley. From full power underlings to a balanced and core tensioned end it is a good, solid line. Chris called it Spitfire V12 and is now the hardest line in the Falcon's Lair. Only enough snow was removed to allow for exiting the cave, so please excuse the less than inspiring picture of a very inspiring line. The second, later in the session was Raspberry Delight V10ish? that moves out of the depths of the left side of the Ice Cave. The start is the crux and hard to grade while the entire rest of the problem is far easier. So, that's two V10s in the Ice Cave and a V12 just up the hill! When the valley is finally developed it will be very impressive to see the total of hard lines that Chris will have contributed!
|Chris going from the powerful to the delicate on Spitfire V12|
All but Seth had to leave early so the valley quickly returned to it's usual silence. I didn't get to spend much time with the rest of the group, so you'll have to view David Lloyd's blog to get the details. I would have liked to gain some perspective on what the newcomers think of the place. Even without getting to spend much time with the others I am really appreciative that they made the trip to join us in such a beautiful place. Hopefully they return to put up some lines of their own. Seth had the goal of climbing Barnyard V4/5, an unbelievably clean sloper line that requires some quickness and fitness to complete. Seth was very close to finishing it, but was thwarted by picking it at the end of a long day. He gave it hell, came close to sending, and inspired Chris to keep bouldering into the evening.
|Seth on the classic slopers of Barnyard V4/5|
|Small, perfect, and clean crimps up a very hard project.|
|The awesome quarter pad tri-pinch on the possible V13 project|