Recently, I have been bogged down working long hours. Whenever I have a day off, rain prevents me from getting out. Well kind of, I just did some dry tooling yesterday at a crag while it down poured. What the hell am I doing here? I find myself sitting down staring at objectives around the world or how good conditions are in Canada right now with Chris Alstrin and Josh Wharton just climbing the “Wild Thing” on Mt. Chephren. Jealousy sets in as it’s such a beautiful line. I stare at the forecast for Banff, Alberta and notice it’s forecasted to be sunny all weekend while I sit at home in the rain. I love Colorado and all but man do I miss Canada. Conditions seem to be good. Opportunity slowly seems to passing. Missing opportunity is a pet peeve of mine. I’ll keep on complaining but it is what you make of it.
Conditions in Colorado have been turning out okay recently. Chris Sheridan and I recently linked up the Slit (IV 250m, M6) and Hallett Chimney (IV 250m AI5 M5+) on Halett Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park in 11 hours car to car. It was a much needed alpine day with covering almost 2,000 feet of mixed terrain. The Slit has had some history with Steve Su taking 7 or so trips to finally complete the route with Jonny Copp. The Hallett Chimney also has a bit of history and is one of the more coveted mixed climbs in the park. I led the first block and took us to the top of Hallett Chimney in a couple hours. After regaining energy and eating, Chris then took over on the Slit and took us to the top.
I find myself still in the mixed mood. Rock climbing has seemed to be put on hold for many months. While it’s slowly turning summer here in Colorado, I hope to find escape to Canada soon.
If not, you’ll find me dry tooling those “perfect” finger cracks on chossy chunks of rock getting ready for Peru in July, full of ambition and determination.