|For a day of Wyoming bouldering it was a crowd.|
After warming up and taking some photographs of the event I decided to have a go on the central line of the Wood Grain Wall. Over the past couple of weeks my elbow had been showing signs of injury after days of climbing and I was hesitant to push it too far. In fact I was using the day to gauge it's condition and see if a few weeks of no climbing were about to open my schedule up. A few goes on the lower half of the project felt good. Pads were rearranged so both lines on the wall could be attempted and work began on the upper half of the line. Capps graciously rap-cleaned the upper part and the chalked holds encouraged a good effort up there. Good progress was made. After snapping a hold high up and taking a solid ass rocket onto the edge of the pads (Vansickle saved my season), it was clear the line would soon go. I rested and prepared, but the sun warmed the stone and we decided to move on to other sectors. Hopefully cooler stone.
|Colin Horvat having a go on The Power Of Contentment V9|
|Another view of the roof with Mr. Vansickle giving it hell.|
Sunday dawned cool and clear. I set aside the huge pile of reading that waited for me the day before. Again Brian Horlick was the lone Laramie boulderer to show up in the morning. Plans were to meet Bryan Vansickle who had stayed out at the rocks the night before.
A few years ago I had walked the bottom edge of a large sector of rock and great bouldering potential. Reminders of the place had surfaced while driving out the past evening. Really there was no other option than to satisfy my curiosity. The others agreed and walked into the hills with only the plan of climbing something completely new.
|Brian Horlick repeating a Vansickle line with no name, all very reminiscent of Hueco Tanks type rock.|
|The long traverse|
|The long roof. Something like Ghetto Simulator in Hueco Tanks, but closer to V7|
|Brian on the opening moves of his new beauty|
|Yes it's big and yes it has lines out of it.|
|Men that now need counseling to get through their day.|