Anna and Curt on a fun 5.9, "Lightning Crashes" at Piedra River, near Pagosa Springs. I really enjoyed the climbing there, which mostly sport climbing on sandstone cliffs in an idyllic setting by the river. There are at least 30 routes, most in the 5.9 - 5.12- range.
After a few days in Pagosa, I drove up to Boulder to stay and climb with George. Friday we headed up to Estes Park to climb at Lumpy Ridge.
Mt Meeker and Longs Peak. The Diamond looked pretty dry; the approach, not so much.
George heading toward The Sundance Buttress, the largest formation at Lumpy.
Sundance is right over his head.
Our goal was the most obvious line on the cliff, "Turnkorner", 5.10b, which follows the obvious steep crack system in the middle of the photo.
Yay for OW roof cracks!
The route from the base, which heads out the left crack through the roof.
More gratuitous Diamond photos.
I linked two 5.9 pitches to start out the route. Here goes George through the first wide section (5.10a).
Comfort is a #5 camalot.
George, past the roofs and into easier climbing.
Lumpy is awesome.
After "Turnkorner", we were game for more but unsure what to climb. We settled on "Guillotine", 5.10b, which follows the crack system just left of center.
The route's 5.10b crux is a short tips crack off the ground. The rest of the climbing is more moderate but still fun.
George following P1.
And launching up the second pitch.
My next lead was one of the wilder 5.7 pitches I've climbed, and involved tunneling through a big roof.
Great day on Sundance Buttress!
The Book area, with "J Crack" (just right of center), the only other climb I've done at Lumpy.
The next day we headed to Eldorado Canyon. Our first route was "Vertigo", 5.11b. The finish is a pretty wild roof crack through the obvious tower. Burly roofs were kind of a theme for the weekend.
George linked a couple of 5.9 pitches, setting me up for the 5.11 dihedral and roof.
I got my butt kicked by the dihedral but had slightly more success on the roof (no send though).
After "Vertigo", we settled on "Psychosis Direct", 5.10d/5.11a, which head up another roof crack (shaded).
This roof is even bigger and more intimidating than "Vertigo's" roof, but is actually a bit easier.
Looking up "Psychosis Direct". George led a long 5.10 pitch through the lower roof, setting me up for the crux lead through the black rock in the upper roof. This time, I managed to send.
We weren't quite done yet, but were desperately seeking shade. We settled on "C'est La Vie", 5.11b. I lead the first pitch, which was probably the hardest pitch of 5.9+ I've ever been on.
George got the crux lead, which was kind of spicy and definitely sandbagged 5.11b.
Go George! He almost sent, which was really cool to watch.
The next day, we met Lee at Eldo for another morning of climbing. Here goes following George up the 5.9 first pitch of "Tagger", 5.10c. I forgot to leave my camera at the first belay, which was a bummer because there would have been plenty of time for photos of me huffing and puffing up the route's second-pitch roof crux.
Climber on the first pitch of Werk Supp, 5.9+, on the Bastille.
Lee at the top of "Tagger".
Next we headed to the Bastille to climb "Hair City", 5.9. George heading up the fun but slightly run-out first pitch.
George keeping his cool through a fun traverse at the top of P1.
Climber on "Alice in Bucketland", 5.8+ (near the center of the photo)
A view of the Wind Tower, where "Tagger" is located. The crux goes through the large roof above the right-facing corner just left of center.
A great morning at Eldo and a great finish to the trip!