Access to the limited number of the blocks involves a very steep hill side and thick brush. This spring, I wanted to show some of the Laramie locals a place we might spend a week or two to buy some time and stay fit for the coming alpine bouldering season.With Josh Oxner, both of us fresh off a Wind River trip and feeling our mountain legs, we hiked a few hundred yards into very steep and thick forest, above the previous years finds of hill side Dakota blocks. Even without pads we barely pushed through the thick and largely dead fall forest. A knowledge that the hill side blocks had to of fallen from somewhere above is all that kept us pushing into the dark forest. Boulders grew in size and became more abundant. Snow remained in small drifts and ice clung under boulders. Then we stood on flat ground in a thick and cool forest among huge blocks of every shape. A talus of immense blocks was just ahead. I immediately recognized that I too had dreamed of this place. A place of huge boulders hidden in deep forest, covered in moss, hidden from the outside world. I had just never considered it was a place of Dakota Sandstone. Josh and I went frantic among the dream. We drove home in a daze of excitement, trying to figure now how we would spend our early summer in El Dakota. So much new rock, but would we have the time?
Immediately, along with Marla and Amiee Dog I returned and opened a trail the few hundred yards through the thick forest into the open talus. A trail to carry pads. A flurry of development ensued, Josh and Andrew from Montana cleaned and climbed a lot.
|Josh and Andrew cleaning what would become Pocket Nest and Hot Damn, day one, El Dakota|
|Alca a beautiful V6 prow and Bitter Root V5 hidden in the left shadow were my first contributions to El Dakota|
|The "mega-mega" project|
|Flannery under the amazing fine-grain dihedral project her and Shannon found|
|Bryan working a beautiful pocketed wall of Dakota left of a good V5 Pinch 7500.|
|Bryan putting up Too Much Make Up V5ish, but font style V5ish, named after a woman he encounters while running heavy equipment near Douglas.|