A few classic lines from around alpine Colorado-
Tommy's Arete V9- RMNP
Shot Tower V5- Lincoln Lake
Seurat V8- Mount Evans
This is the first of a few videos we are going to make of our climbing trip this summer. Classic lines, cool problems and maybe even some hard ones if we get up some! These three lines were all great to climb: Tommy's arete was powerful and burly; Shot Tower was easy but scary; Seurat is a stunning feature making tenuous and difficult climbing!
A hot, hot day at Lincoln Lake proves successful, after a big fight Phobos (V10) was put to rest and a night time send of Unshackled (V9) finished the day off nicely. Just the walk out now.....
It has been pretty warm in the park recently so Upper and Lower Chaos have been the best places to climb due to the higher elevation. This video shows Gang Bang arete, a small but very hard V8; Skipper D, a long V8 with a satisfying heel move to a pinch; Sunspot, a classic V10 that demands a jump at the end; and finally Terrorism Arete, one of the most stunning lines I have seen so far.
It is too hot to climb in the Park or at Mount Evans so a two day trip to Independance Pass serves as a nice break. Rain and humid conditions meant that we didn't get to climb too much but what we saw was excellent and we will definitely be returning in colder times.
Here is a short video of Choke Hold a V10 put up by Chris Schulte, luckily it stayed dry in the rain storm although the wet top out made for some exciting times. Burly, strung out tension climbing revolving around one of the best pinches on granite makes this one of my favourite climbs from the trip.