My research in geology has taken me through the depths of central Wyoming, primarily through the Granite Mountains or Sweetwater Rocks as they are known to locals. I've known a huge amount of rock there, but now the scope of the range is better understood and damn if I'm not surprised. What a gigantic pile of great bouldering! The area is now my Master's Thesis area and will have to be looked at in it's entirety from West to East, North to South. All 500 square miles of it and it is not all granite. There is gneiss in there, hence the detailed study, and it is good gneiss. I've already found, in a couple of weeks of walking, more rock than can be climbed in this life and the next. Admittedly, most of the rock is not prime, maybe only ten percent, but that ten percent is great. The cherries will be the only focus for this life time.
rediscovered and a resurgence has begun just in time for this life time. If it's not yet clear, I'm attempting to at least see the vast majority of the very best lines in Wyoming, if not climb most of them.
Not all the excitement is in the central expanse of Wyoming. The northwest corner is a seed of great motivation. I lived up there for a number of years and return as often as possible. I had always wondered how to get it all done up there and who would eventually take over. Once again the Lander crew is doing the job and a admirable one at that. The new stuff at Falcon's Lair and Devil's Kitchen is only a fraction of the goods that has me all jazzed up. Torrey Valley has always held my imagination and in many ways is the place that transformed me to a boulderer for life. It is a bouldering paradise. Despite the amazing quality, repeats are rare in that valley. Most of the best stuff has not yet been done. This summer will help with that!
Mead boulder in Torrey Valley.
|Guili Zavaschi, back a few years, on the first repeat of Poho Kanhi V10|