The Heat is ON!

The seasons are shifting. It’s hot here! We’ve been going up to Chaos Canyon very regularily… And it’s even hot up there! Most stuff is climbable besides some of the boulders still being under ten to twenty feet of snow. For this post it will mostly be pictures… Here we go!

Erin warms up on the Bacon Wall, a classic V2 in Upper Chaos.

Erin warms up on the Bacon Wall, a classic V2 in Upper Chaos.

Erin runs up Double Roof, a sweet problem in Upper Chaos.  It's surely one of the best V6's in the park.

Erin runs up Double Roof, a sweet problem in Upper Chaos. It’s surely one of the best V6’s in the park.

The St. Vrain river raging through Wild Basin.

The St. Vrain river raging through Wild Basin.

I sent Dragon's Tail (V11), a sweet Dave Graham problem at Wild Basin.  Thanks Sam Weir for the photo.

I sent Dragon’s Tail (V11), a sweet Dave Graham problem at Wild Basin. Thanks Sam Weir for the photo.

I did Macho Man the same day as Dragon's Tail.  While rated V10 it felt harder than any 11 I've done in Colorado.. It took a considerable amount of effort.  I also ripped the start hold off one day so it starts a tiny bit higher now.

I did Macho Man the same day as Dragon’s Tail. While rated V10 it felt harder than any 11 I’ve done in Colorado.. It took a considerable amount of effort. I also ripped the start hold off one day so it starts a tiny bit higher now.

My parents came to visit for a couple days in their RV.  It was great to catch up and a nice change of pace.

My parents came to visit for a couple days in their RV. It was great to catch up and a nice change of pace.

Cado enjoying a leisurely drive up trail ridge road.  That was a scary drive in the parents RV!

Cado enjoying a leisurely drive up trail ridge road. That was a scary drive in the parents RV!

Looking out at Long's Peak from the final stretch of the hike to Lower Chaos.

Looking out at Long’s Peak from the final stretch of the hike to Lower Chaos.

Last time we saw the Upper Choas classic, Terrorism Arete (V7), it was an intimidating highball.  This time we had to dig it out of the snow.  The fall was still funky though, as you'd slide down the snow tunnel to the base of the problem.  Erin and I both did it one morning, I highly recommend this one.

Last time we saw the Upper Choas classic, Terrorism Arete (V7), it was an intimidating highball. This time we had to dig it out of the snow. The fall was still funky though, as you’d slide down the snow tunnel to the base of the problem. Erin and I both did it one morning, I highly recommend this one.

Erin did Tommy's Arete, one of the best V7's anywhere.

Erin did Tommy’s Arete, one of the best V7’s anywhere.

The Marmots are out and about!

The Marmots are out and about!

Last August I almost did Blood Money, but hurt my shoulder on a very close attempt.  I hurt it within a second or so of this picture being taken trying to real in the gaston.  I got on it yesterday and it felt pretty good.  Hopefully tomorrow it will happen.

Last August I almost did Blood Money (V12), but hurt my shoulder on a very close attempt. I hurt it within a second or so of this picture being taken trying to real in the gaston. I got on it yesterday and it felt pretty good. Hopefully tomorrow it will happen.

A couple days ago I had probably my best flash of all time on the imposing, and incredible Deep Puddle Dynamics in Lower Chaos.  It was magic to have an involved problem of such quality come together first try!  Here’s a video of that one, not of me though!  

Also at Wild Basin I managed to send Thug Mansion (V12). It doesn’t have too many sends and I got it done just after 8 AM one morning before working at 11. There are so many good problems here.. We definitely appreciate the efforts of the people that found them and put them all up!

Wild Basin and Bouldering Savagery

Things are on the ups in Estes Park.

We can see Long's Peak!

We can see Long’s Peak!

The weather has taken a turn drastically for the better. And we’ve been going to a great area that’s new to us.. Wild Basin.
Wild Basin is a huge forested valley with a raging river flowing through it. It’s littered with rock and about twenty minutes outside of town. Currently there is a stack of great problems, though a lot of them tend to be pretty difficult. Wild Basin has saved the day for us around here.. It’s awesome! I am very happy to have this as the current home crag and it’s been tons of fun running around and attempting to climb out the area… I like knowing that there’s no way I can do that in a spring… or perhaps a lifetime.

The river is raging right now at Wild Basin

The river is raging right now at Wild Basin

It’s also a hot spot for development right now. Hard and not so hard problems are going up day to day, and on top of that, some of them are very good. I’ve even managed to sneak in a couple new ones.
Erin and I have no shortage of future projects in Wild Basin.

Minnesota strong man, Tyler Thurmes sending the Glass Tower (V11 or 12).

Minnesota strong man, Tyler Thurmes, sending the Glass Tower (V11 or 12).

My injuries from my nasty fall, which was probably two weeks ago, have been healing up and I’ve been able to climb some decently hard and quality lines out there.
My favorites so far, all at Wild Basin are a trifecta of V11’s (depending on who you talk to of course) Free Basin, Dragon’s Claw, and Sun Storm. I have a bunch of other things I’ve tried, or want to try, or haven’t even seen in person yet… The place is great. We don’t see many people there… Usually. Yesterday was a different story though.
After a morning session in the main area trying various projects of ours, Erin and I made our way up to the White Noise boulder. I had gotten great directions from one of the friendly locals and we walked right to it. It was obvious when we got there that the boulder was bad ass. It has a v6, a proud 9, a super fun 10, two 11’s, a 12 or 13 and the namesake of the boulder, White Noise, an incredible looking V15. As far as fun, awesome, and very hard looking climbing goes, White Noise sure looked like it fit the bill if you could pull it.
Erin had to go, so I was by myself. I decided to try a 10, 11 or 12, depending on who you talk to, on the back of the huge boulder that looked the safest for me since I only had two pads, one of which really sucks. I tried for an hour or so and was making some progress. Then the posse showed up. I walked around the boulder to say hi, and Adam Ondra along with the Austrian World Cup team were there. They were also accompanied by some very strong and local tour guides.
They soon joined me on the problem I was trying, Sun Storm. Chad Greedy hooked us up with some good beta. Ondra flashed it for his warmup, along with the possibly the whole Austrian team. They briefly messed around on the sit start start, C3PO, a 12 or 13 one of the tour guides for the day, reknown climber Dave Graham, had put up. It gave them troubles, but one of the Austrians did it in a handful of goes. Ondra almost flashed it, but when he fell he didn’t try it much more. He was probably trying to save his energy for what was to come.
After another half hour I managed to pull through Sun Storm and went around to the other side of the boulder to join the party.
Ondra shoed up for a good flash burn on White Noise. He got through a lot of the hard moves but missed a hold in the middle. Him and Jakob Schubert, a beastly strong Austrian, traded another go or two and worked out a little beta. Everyone was psyched to head out pretty quick to go try other things at the main area, but Ondra and Schubert decided they wanted one more go.
After a bit, Ondra pulled on and started cruising through the problem.

Adam Ondra rolls through White Noise on his send.

Adam Ondra rolls through White Noise on his send.

He was quickly further than his previous goes, and got into a heinous shoulder crux. He turned on the inner beast mode and made some serious noise.

Ondra in beast mode.  He was screaming so loud children on the trail far below were probably scared for their lives!

Ondra in beast mode on the send. He was screaming so loud children on the trail far below were probably scared for their lives!

He pulled through, then kept his composure through the final tall and committing V9 finish. It was definitely one of the more impressive displays of climbing I’ve seen.
Jakob decided to give it another go. He smoothly pulled through the problem and wrestled his way across the wall to the final V9 outro. He was obviously pumped, but he fought hard. He shook out the best he could on some less than ideal holds for a while.

Ondra holds chalk for jakob Schubert as he tries to get it back on some bad holds.

Ondra holds chalk for Jakob Schubert as he tries to get it back on some bad holds.

Unfortunately he fell at the last possible spot he probably would have..  It was a heartbreaker.
Besides Wild Basin, we’ve climbed a bit on the roadside too. Erin still has a handful of projects on Bear Lake Road that she’s psyched on, and getting close.

Erin on Achromatic.

Erin on Achromatic.

I managed to do a first ascent on one of the roadside boulders too. It’s not amazing but it’s pretty fun and about V8. I dubbed it Monsoon Season after all the rain and snow we’ve sat through this spring.

Monsoon Season sit starts on the left arete, then trends right into the middle of the face, then up.

Monsoon Season sit starts on the left arete, then trends right into the middle of the face, then up.

That’s all I got right now, hopefully the weather stays this way and the snow melts quick so we can start going higher up!

A Close Call

I’m a lucky man.
Yesterday, it was a cold and cloudy morning.  Perfect for climbing. So cloudy that it looked like the higher elevation areas were not going to be good. So, naturally, we headed to the Veritas boulder. It was roadside and if it started raining there was no commitment.
Erin and I both have hard projects on it. The conditions were great. I decided I would try to do Mendax, a V12 or 13 line that involves a terrible sloper pinch.
I had put a considerable amount of effort into it, and the slopey non-hold was feeling more and more like a hold. I gave it a few tries and fell on the crux sequence.
Then I had a good go.

Mendax.  The terrible sloper is in in my right hand, then you bust up to another sloper with the left hand.

Mendax. The terrible sloper is in in my right hand, then you bust up to another sloper with the left hand.

The sloper felt better than it ever had, I walked my feet through, and reached up to the next sloper. I was through the hardest moves. I walked my feet up to prepare for the last harder move, a small jump to a good edge. I could tell I didn’t have either of the slopers one hundred percent perfectly, but that wasn’t too surprising… I thought I probably had them good enough.  I jumped at the edge and swung out from the wall. My left hand popped off the sloper and I found myself falling. After a moment, my old gymnastics background kicked in, and I knew something wasn’t right, I was in the air a little too long. I knew was going to miss the landing.

I came down belly first first onto a slanting boulder, and as I impacted I felt a crack in my chest. I bounced up to my feet off the boulder and continued careening down the hill. After thirty feet or so I found myself sitting, stunned. It was a scary moment. I tried to carefully breathe and waited to see what kind of pain would surface. After a few breathes I was relieved to be able to breathe without any extreme, sharp pains.  My worst fear was breaking a rib and puncturing a lung or something else very important. After a few minutes I got to my feet. I managed to walk back up to the boulder and sat down. My chest hurt like hell, and I could see a big blood splotch on my knee. I pulled up my pant leg and saw that I had a very deep puncture, all the way down to the bone. My chest was bloodied from the belly flop too and the stinging sensation began to set in. It was apparent I was probably going to be hurting a lot very soon.

Battle Wounds

Battle Wounds

No techy kneebars for a little while..

No techy kneebars for a little while..

Besides all that, nothing major was wrong. After waiting for half an hour or so I had the silly idea of trying to do the problem. I figured I was alive after all, and I should see how things felt. After five more minutes my shoes were back on and I pulled onto the top and figured out a slightly better, and hopefully safer sequence. A few minutes later I went from the bottom. Going through the tension-filled moves I felt a painful tightness in my chest. I grabbed the first bad sloper and got it perfectly. Soon I was at the spot I had taken the horrible fall at, and I kept my composure and finished it out.
Now, a day later, I’m glad I gave it that hail mary go.  It would have been easy not to…

I hurt worse. I definitely have to take a little time off. But that’s alright, I got lucky.

Estes Park, Best days ever?

It has been awhile since my last post!
A lot has happened.
So much it will be impossible to say everything here.. So I’ll try to keep it short and sweet.
Erin and I are going to be based out of Estes Park Colorado for the summer. I’ve been here going on a month now. Erin about two weeks. We’ve both managed to score jobs at the local Estes Park Brewery. It’s not a bad place, the beer is good, and best of all, the schedule for climbing is as perfect as possible. We hopefully will even save some money and pay the bills. There’s some issues that need to be worked out.. but that’s a whole different story..

When we're bored at work there's usually some Elk roaming nearby to keep us entertained..

When we’re bored at work there’s usually some Elk roaming nearby to keep us entertained..

I’ve never been to Colorado in the spring before. One thing is for sure, the weather is VERY spotty!
I’ve experienced a major snow storm that shut climbing down for a week and a week long spell of rain. Fortunately there’s a little gym in town, and Boulder is close by…

I also had some car troubles.. Fortunately Drew saved the day..

I also had some car troubles.. Fortunately Drew saved the day..

Despite all that, there has been some good climbing going on, including two of my best bouldering days ever.. at least as far as climbing cool, hard problems is concerned.
Erin is psyched and getting in the flow. Her big send so far is a notoriously reachy V7 on the Veritas boulder, called Menwax (I think that’s the name)…
We’ve been climbing at a lot of lower areas.

Erin on Road Pocket, a mega V6 at Endovalley.

Erin on Road Pocket, a mega V6 at Endovalley.

What I’ve been focusing a lot of my energy on is a circuit of boulders just off Bear Lake Road. There’s a load of harder problems on them and they’re all in season RIGHT now.
So.. best bouldering days ever. What does that mean? In this case it means a couple good, hard sends.
First best day ever was a work day. I had to go in from 12 to 5. We got up early and started the day off on the Veritas Boulder. I managed to fire Veritas Low Left (V12) first go that day. I was a bit pumped at the top but it felt great. Then I went to work… Then we went back out at 5:30 for an evening session on the elusive white boulder to try Achromatic. Achromatic sort of has controversey surrounding it, or maybe more just a story. It was put up by Dave Graham and seconded by Daniel Woods at V13. Paul Robinson and Jimmy Webb did it and said V12. Maybe a month or so ago it got a handful of ascents, though most if not all didn’t start sitting as it was put up, or possibly even on the correct starting holds. The crux is low, so in this case it does probably make a difference.. perhaps a big one.  Some new beta was figured and it was suggested to be easier.
Well I did it after work that day. I had tried it a number of times previously. It was desperate. I think I probably did it a way nobody had done. I bet easy V12 is reasonable if you climb like me.
So that was the first best day ever.
Now the second.
We started on The Veritas Boulder. Erin fired Menwax. I didn’t send Bear Toss or Mendax (both v13ish).. but I am making headway even though Bear Toss is not feeling good on the shoulder..
From there we headed up to the Lonestar Boulder. There’s a funny story behind this one too. Tommy Caldwell did the first ascent of the best and most obvious line and named it Lonestar (V10). Somehow it acquired the name Stink Bug over the years and now that’s what most people call it. WHY? Mr. Caldwell did the first ascent and called it LONESTAR! LONESTAR is the name! Stop calling it Stink Bug already!
So moving on from that, Our buddy Tyler Thurmes fired it first, and I followed suit ten minutes later. Tyler did another variation and we moved on. Erin had to go to work, so me and Tyler continued on to one of my main projects, Lost in Space (V12).
Lost in Space is really, really cool. It’s on a huge, striking boulder, is a very obvious line, and the movement is amazing. Lots of toe hooks, friendly holds, a dyno, then a super hero don’t fall highball top out. It’s the whole package.
In a magic moment I fired it first go. It’s surely one of my all time favorites.

In the Nitty Gritty of it on Lost in Space.  Photo Tyler Thurmes.

In the Nitty Gritty of it on Lost in Space. Photo Tyler Thurmes.

Erin and I are both really excited for this summer…. There’s tons of inspiring boulders here.

Last Days in Tahoe!

Hopefully you all had a memorable Easter, a lot has happened since the last time I checked in!
The day after my last post Erin and I both sent our mini-projects near Truckee (they took two sessions..). Erin did Fresh Tips (V8) and I did Boyz in the Hood (direct start, V12?) Boyz is one of the better harder lines I have done in awhile and it fit me really well. It has some sweet slopers and pinches, and finishes with a fun dyno finale to keep you on your toes.. Here is a video we put together of the day..

Also, Jesse Bonin put together the footage we shot of our 3 day back pack bouldering adventure to the Lake Elbert Area..  It was a team effort and I think it turned out well and is quite comical.. Check it out..

And yes, there is one more video.. I climbed the classic Yeti (V9) at Erratica. The lighting and the area were just too beautiful to not bust out the camera.. Not to mention it’s a sweet problem.  

What else is new you wonder?

We checked out the Sierra Buttes. It was a beautiful and remote feeling area. I flashed The Only Arete (V9). I tried Paul Bunyan (V12/13) for a bit. Had some fun but didn’t do it.

Erin did Element of Surprise (prob V8 for her..) at Erratica. It was sweet. I ripped a hole in my finger trying Hellamental at Erratica (V11 or 12).. Not as sweet.

Yesterday for Easter we went to the Zephyr boulders as a snow storm rolled in.. The lake looked very mysterious..

The view from the Zephyr Boulders on Easter as the storm was rolling in.

The view from the Zephyr Boulders on Easter as the storm was rolling in.

I managed to send a really good Bonin problem, in the company of the man himself, Kung Fu Panda. It’s a thuggy compression problem that has a cool jump move to a juggy hold in the middle of the wall.

Now it has snowed. Were debating what to do.. I’m kinda psyched to go to the gym.. Erin is flying out to visit family and have fun for a couple weeks in a couple days. Hmmmmmmmmmmm

Some big news!
We have decided to spend the summer in Colorado (We just made this decision!). We both have a bunch of stuff we want to do there, so that’s what’s going to happen. I’m going to head that way in a couple days, then Erin will meet me after her trip. We both need to get jobs too.. Time to buckle down!
Hopefully everyone is well!

Tahoe!

We left Bishop.
This winter was really hot and we were both ready for a change…
We are now in the Lake Tahoe area. The weather is great for climbing up here.. It’s refreshing to feel cold and sticky rock once again…
To start things off we spent a week in the South Shore area..
If you don’t know, the rock in Tahoe is generally what I think of as proper granite. The crystals that are melded together are usually small and smoother, hence forth the holds you grab tend to be substantially less spikey than the holds in Bishop.. This is a very welcome change for me at least! (I still love Bishop, don’t get me wrong..) The movement tends to be very technical and interesting and the boulders generally are very climbable.. And there are A LOT of boulders in Tahoe..
Tahoe is in it’s golden age of development right now so it’s a pretty exciting place to be if you’re into putting up new climbs.. Also there are tons of established problems I have never even seen.. Oh man.
We’ll just do a little recap of what’s happened since we’ve arrived..
We climbed at the Beavers a few days. Erin did some classics and I think I put up a handful of fun new lines in the V5-V10 range.. I did a different start to an existing V4, Beaver Feaver, that checks in around V10 called Tickle Me Beaver. I also did a fun new mini-compression problem dubbed Belly of the Beaver that felt about V9. I put up another V8, Moss Man Prophecies, and a fun traversing V5 with interesting moves, Don’t Feed the Beavers.

Erin eye's a slope on Don't Feed the Beavers

Erin eyes a slope on Don’t Feed the Beavers

We climbed at Lake Audrain one day. I tried my buddy Jesse Bonin’s problem, The Geode (V11). It’s a sick little mini squeeze rig and it’s hard! I got all the moves but didn’t put it together before the sun crept over the barely existent holds rendering them unusable for me.. Next time.. Erin and I both did Sloper Slide Original (V8), I put together The Path of Most Resistance (V10) and Globe Trotters Sit (V9) also.

The Geode.. Good problem.. Next time.

The Geode.. Good problem.. Next time.

Erin getting some Slope and Slide.

Erin getting some Slope and Slide.

We went up to the Mountain Beavers with Charlie Barrett. Charlie and I wanted to send one problem for the day each and we were both successful.. Charlie did the epic squeeze prow Integrity (V10) second try. I did another Bonin masterpiece Soliasit (V9). Both of these lines are incredible… Erin ticked off some classics as well.  Here’s a vid of Jesse doing the first ascent of Solilasit.. 

We also went on a three day exploratory backpacking trip with Jesse Bonin, Charlie Barrett and Joe Debaun. Jesse and Kenyon Smith developed some boulders near Lake Elbert this past year and there were more to do and look at. Jesse gave us the tour of the developed lines and we weren’t disappointed.. There were a ton of fun ones. I had a very enjoyable, and big day of climbing repeating Bonin’s and Kenyon’s lines. I managed a flash of Squeaky Tree Gets the Grease (V9) and Snapper Roof (V8). Charlie FA’d a sick sloper problem that went at V8 and I pulled the second ascent out with difficulty. I put up a pretty fun link up that went at V8 that was very good I thought, and dubbed it Flock of Seagulls.
We shot a ton of video, expect to see that soon. Bonin has several unrepeated, hard, and good problems up there and he climbed some for the camera.. I tried a couple of the harder ones with no success.. They felt hard! Erin also strongly fired off Squeaky Tree Gets the Grease (V9). Charlie second ascented Cuban Reuban (V9). The few days in the wilderness were great and it was nice escape the world and have no phone service for a few days.

Not a bad spot..

Not a bad spot..

Lake Elbert

Lake Elbert

I am running out of time here. We are in Truckee now, just north of the Lake. We’ve climbed a couple days up here and we’re hanging out with some friends..
At Soda Springs I had a good day.. I flashed the classic Fresh Tips (V8), did Shibadang (V10) and White Stallion (V10). White Stallion was amazing.. It climbs up a beautiful, tall and slightly overhanging wall to a V5 mantle move with some bad fall potential. Erin came so close to Fresh Tips.. soon.

The mantle onto the slab of White Stallion.. This picture doesn't do the problem justice.  The wall rises out of a hole that is lurking to my right..  If your foot or hand were to pick, it feels like you will fly into it..

The mantle onto the slab of White Stallion.. This picture doesn’t do the problem justice. The wall rises out of a hole that is lurking to my right.. If your foot or hand were to pick, it feels like you will fly into it..

I also came very close to doing Charlie Barrett’s mega line Boyz in the Hood (V12) yesterday. Hopefully tomorrow…

Here’s a vid of that too.. 

Almost time to move on.. Projects and Friends..

For another week and a half or so.. depending on the weather, Erin and I are in Bishop. This week unfortunately looks very hot, so it will be a battle to try and send our remaining projects.. If we don’t get’em all this time around they will be there next time I suppose..
However, my philosophy has always been if you are capable at a moment in time of climbing something at or very close to your limit you had better try your absolute hardest to get it done. There is no foreseeing the future. Injuries and life can get in the way at any moment and you will probably never see it coming. The time for action is now!
So, before we leave we are going to try our absolute hardest to get the proj’s done..
You are probably wondering what these projects are so I guess I’ll spill the beans even though I’m reluctant too so I don’t jinx us..

Erin:
Acid Wash Right (V9). She’s fallen at the last move twice from the start. There is a very friction dependent hold. Heat doesn’t help. Will she pull through?
Juniors Achievement (V8). A historical crimp line that is very sharp at the Buttermilks that was the hardest line in the area for a while. The heat makes it that much sharper..
Twisted Sister Sit (V9). She’s got this one I think and it’s at Rock Creek and higher in elevation.. She just has to drop the hammer and we need to go there..
Erin also has many other things that are harder and easier (at least number wise) she has been trying and could very well do at any moment.

Me:
Mandala (V12). I am so close I can taste it. I’ve done all the moves. I Almost did it yesterday. It absolutely destroys your skin. Heat doesn’t help. Going back monday morning and warming up at 6 am in hopes it’s cold enough. It might not be..
Michael Caine Sit (V12/13) So very close… could go at any moment. I had a horrible dry fire off it last session and got two of the worst, and bloodiest knuckle bashers I’ve ever had.
Tony’s Dyno Rock Creek (V heinous for me..) I’ve put more than 50 days of effort in over the years. Enough said.
There are many more lingering around too but enough with that…

I’m helping with the Bishop Bouldering Guide Update and have been tracking down obscure and undocumented climbs along with updating info regarding current climbs. If you have any info that you would like to contribute please contact me at cottersnow@hotmail.com! If you are a concerned about certain undocumented local areas that have sensitive access being revealed, rest assured they won’t be, and know that I am really trying to keep the bigger picture in mind.

Speaking of obscure climbs I have done some pretty darn cool ones..
We climbed a number of undocumented classic problems at the Bardini’s that I’m sure had been done many times before. One of them I ended up doing was a really unique bulge problem that checked in around V9 or 10.. If anyone knows a name for it please let me know!
Here is a video of that one, along with Slow Dance (V10) at the Happy Boulders.  

Erin climbed what is perhaps her first V8, Water Hazard Right at the Sads. It’s in the current guide as a 9, but we both think an 8 is fair. I think I inadvertently put up this variation years ago when I was trying to do Water Hazard (V10) and started it wrong.

Erin eyes the lip on Water Hazard Right.

Erin eyes the lip on Water Hazard Right.

I did one other harder and cool obscure climb at the Buttermilks yesterday. It starts right of Gleaming the Cube on the cave boulder sitting in a scoop. I had my right hand on a low faint sloper and left on a cool rib hold. It did a few contorted and funky stem moves to join Gleaming the Cube and probably checks in around V9 or 10. I know it has been done before, and if you’re in the area check it out. I made up a name for it, 3D, and if somebody knows of a previous name it let me know.

A couple good friends of ours Mike Lohre of Mike’s Mix (aka Mr. Mix) and Matt Satermo came out and climbed around with us a bit. It was a great time and very refreshing to have fun with these guys for a few days.. Here’s a couple shots of them tearing it up..

Matt's first problem at the Happy's ever, the mega Heavenly Path (V1)

Matt’s first problem at the Happy’s ever, the mega Heavenly Path (V1)

Mr. Mix bears down on the Happy's classic, Every Color You Are (V6).

Mr. Mix bears down on the Happy’s classic, Every Color You Are (V6).

Also of note.. the Devil’s Lake Bouldering guide is coming along.. Get psyched!

Okay, I gotta run, Erin and I are going to relax at Keough’s hot springs for a couple hours before I head to work. Hopefully everyone is well!