Archive for September, 2008

Clear Creek – Near High Wire & Highlander

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

On Sunday, I went climbing with Margaret, with the expectation of meeting with Eckhard later in the day-he was nice enough to loan us his Clear Creek Guidebook. There were some complications, due to construction, and we ended up getting a little lost around downtown Denver. Margaret’s GPS came in handy, and soon we were back on track. But the extra putzing around cost us some time.

View of Clear Creek from behind High Wire

High Wire Hoards

We ended up getting to the crag pretty late in the day (close to 10:30am!). There were hoards of people all around High Wire, and it was hot in the sun. I didn’t want to wait in line to climb, so I headed around the corner and found some nice semi-shaded climbs. (more…)

Eldorado Canyon – Rock Climbing

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Eldorado Canyon from Top of Whale's Tail

Summit of Whale's Tail looking down West Dihedral (5.4)

On September, 26th Eckhard & I went climbing at Eldorado Canyon. It was a little chilly in the morning, but it turned into a beautiful day. Towards the end, there was a thunderstorm, but we managed to avoid being struck by lightning or getting caught in the rain. (more…)

North Table Mountain

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Margaret walking, Coors Brewing Factory brewing

On Sept. 21st, I met Margaret at the REI Flagship store in Denver for a day of climbing at North Table Mountain. She was feeling rather ill (a nasty nasty cold), poor thing.

We drove up to Golden, and by 11am we were climbing. There was hardly anybody up there. I had made a bunch of printouts of The Risk Area and Winterfest Wall. We ended up walking right past the Risk Area and landed at Twelve Pack Wall.

Unknown 5.10c at Twelve Pack Wall


Family Visit

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Jon & Jiji Red Rocks
Late Friday, Sept 12, I picked up Jon & Jiji at DIA. I left Margaret & Barry at home with Dennis, after we all had dinner of Pad Thai. It would be a full house this weekend; thank goodness for our finished basement!

Jon Blends into the scenary

I was totally excited about this weekend because it was J&J’s first visit since we moved to Denver, AND because Barry, Jon, & I would be able to work out the last minute kinks for our upcoming trip to Morocco. (more…)

North Table Mountain – Two Hour Tour

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Margaret Leading Clare Spotting

Clare Leading Barry Belaying

On Friday, I got off work early to drive my friend Barry from his interview in North Denver, and my friend Margaret (who was visiting) to the sunny cliffs in Golden.

It was raining in the hills, but by the time we got to Golden, it had mostly dried up. We led some 3 pitches (unknown climbs) and we left when it started getting dark. Climbs were ~5.10/5.11. Margaret didn’t struggle much on any of them, so that’s how I know.