June 10, 2010


I convinced Riley into moving large amounts of loose stone and cutting out a big patch of wicked sticker bushes at a couple of possible lines Corey and I looked at yesterday. Riley is the one who helped Heather and I build the massive landing at the Gothic Boulder so i know he's not afraid of manual labor!

The work went pretty quick and soon we found ourselves brushing holds and attempting some of the boulder problems. I've not had the best luck with my fingers the last few weeks and have been trying to take it easy. Several of the new problems offer some pretty big holds that felt okay for my stressed tendons however, my smashed middle finger from yesterday throbbed like a son of a gun anytime i put pressure on it.

We established some of the best routes (in my opinion) so far this spring at an area near the Big Dam Boulder on the west end of the Teton Dam Zone; three high quality long and steep jug hauls and two difficult projects.
Thanks for the hard work Riley and continued motivation for all of the manual labor in establishing quality boulder problems. Sorry you were in class today, Corey. Your Cheese Wedge project is still waiting for you to send it!

Rocket from the Crypt. Bigger, steeper, and longer than it looks in this photo!

That's a jug... right?

Jug Haulin' on Scream, Dracula, Scream!!

Starting on the new project.

I shot some photos of the Big Dam Boulder, The Walrus, The Crypt, Chick Rock, and the Cheese Wedge and will put together a basic topo of these erratics. There is no reason not to put in the additional minimal effort in getting out there from The Quarry. It took us 20 minutes at a slow pace from the Big Dam Boulder to the car and most of it is easy flat walking along the old two-track road. It was about 12 minutes from The Quarry.