We hiked directly to the most sheltered looking hill side in the sun and a completely unexplored boulder pile. The rock was initially less desirable than what we knew was nearby and really good. A more in depth search of the sheltered boulders did reveal better rock and some absolutely amazing lines, but they all sat in deeper snow or wind. Clearly it will be yet another great addition as a new sector, but there's a lot to do already. A quick warm up on a chunky prow, some lunch while sitting on chunky stone, and we decided to take the wind like men. We took it right in the face. We packed and hiked into the "breeze" destine for the Snowflake Sector. Within a short walk the rock became very good, and the Snowflake sector even better! Despite a tormenting wind we managed a few good lines and spied many more for the future. Shane, Mike, and myself started identifying holds on the first boulder we stopped at. A huge gneiss bloc with a steep 40 on the main side so clean we identified holds with chalk and features. There was little to actually clean. The rock is lichen and grunge free with a few exceptions on top and on huge flakes. I would suggest 80% or more is chalk and go bouldering development. Maybe brush a top out and feet near the soil level and thats about it. While holds became white, Brian ran around the front side of the Snowflake Sector returning with a grin and stories of amazing lines.
|Shane Williams on the starting holds with Brian Capps on the upper in-cuts of a surprisingly technical warm up. I nabbed the FA, but haven't named it yet.|
|Shane on the opening moves of the warm-up link-up that is yet to be named.|
In an attempt of warmth for the last problems of the day we moved to the sunny and windy side of the boulders. Small bushes protected the faces from wind and allowed just enough sun to barely warm the rock. I managed a new line that will become a classic warm-up of the area. it is a long left to right ascending traverse of an in-cut seam. Again it is not yet named, but is well worth climbing on. Shane gave it some good effort and would climb long after his fingers went numb. Rolling onto the prow with no feeling in the tips, on slopers, was not a good time. Or maybe it was. After all, a bad day climbing beats a good day in the office anytime.
|Shane on the second half of the long traversing seam. It starts in a roof back behind the big prow, under the tree. It finishes up the prow.|
|Brian under his V7 roof problem. Obvious sit start possibilities are on either side of him in the depths of the roof. His V7 starts on the holds at his head level on either side of him.|