Final Curtain in Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-14-13
Stone Free and Ice Palace at Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-14-13.
Soul on Ice at Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-14-13.
Lone Tree (aka Upper Ice Cave) at Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 12-14-13.
Also, here’s a drive-by look at Glenwood Falls. Be wary of the forecast and when you decide to climb this thing. Additionally, Hidden Falls is looking good and word was there was tracks leading up to it. Also, Mystery Falls looks like it has some ice on it.
Climbing gift certificates are the perfect gift for any current or aspiring climber.
Glenwood Climbing Guides gift certificate. The perfect Christmas gift.
Gift certificates can be used for a wide range of guided climbing activities. A climbing experience for a first time climber, classes for a new climber, or personal coaching to help an experience climber reach new heights. Rock or ice climbing, single pitch or multi-pitch, trad or sport, there are years of climbing adventures out there.
Ice climbing season is here in Rifle Mountain Park. Here’s a quick rundown of conditions that we found on 12-7. I apologize for the low quality pictures, I was probably in a hurry because I was so excited to be swinging the tools!
The Rectory, Castle Valley, Utah. After climbing Coyote Calling
Giving thanks is a valuable part of recognizing the important things in life. No holiday is needed but the Thanksgiving season is a great time to reflect on what we give thanks for. This year, I am thankful for many things and here are a few of those.
If you enjoy the TV nature series Planet Earth and if you enjoy climbing and if you enjoy humor, or at least one of the three, chances are you’ll enjoy this bouldering video mockumentary. Happy Monday!
Storyteller John Long narrates his account of a gripping experience while free soloing with the legendary John Bachar in Joshua Tree in the 1970s. Listen below and enjoy the iconic images of the Stonemaster age from Dean Fidelman.
I’m still a little sore and tired from a great weekend of climbing in the Black Canyon. Rainy weather provided ample excuse for tackling some smaller and easier objectives. The Black can be an intimidating place but incredibly rewarding. It’s a quiet canyon with few visitors and fewer climbers. The 2006 film, “First Ascent” by Sender Films has a great section about climbing in the Black. Below is just a trailer but it’s still fun and inspiring.
Also fun, albeit less exciting, are a series of historical videos from the National Park Service. Check them out here, here and here.
Today is a good friend’s birthday. I love birthdays for the chance they provide to reflect on past times and to look forward to the future. They are a great time to think about what’s important and valuable in life.
Here is a great movie about birthdays and what’s important in life. Enjoy.
Bad bolts suck, that is for sure. But, it’s a hard task to replace those bad bolts. This winter, one of my project was rebolting the steeply overhanging, classic route, Pretty Hate Machine in Rifle. Here’s the story, published on Splitter Choss, of what it took to rebolt that rig. For more pictures, check out my gallery. Also, a great article about bad bolts from Deadpoint Magazine.
Finally, consider supporting the American Safe Climbing Association and checking out the great hardware from the companies whose product I used on Pretty Hate Machine, ClimbTech and C.A.M.P. They’ve both got some great product for use in the vertical world.
Smith Rock is one of my favorite climbing areas and here’s a great video of Paige Claasen sending the classic 5.14a, To Bolt Or Not To Be. Also, check out the recent podcast with her on the Enormocast. It’s a great conversation and well worth listening to. Enjoy.