In a couple weeks I will find myself back in colorful Colorado. This will be actually be my fourth time in the state in the past year. That is a new record for me. Prior to that I believe the most trips I have made in one year was two. This could potentially be my last trip for a while as I will likely be starting up my own business soon and possibly even be getting married in the next year. I will also be moving to Austin soon, thus putting me even further away from this great state, so I figured I should get a trip in while I can.
The big goal for this trip is to summit Crestone Needle via the Ellingwod Ledges route (5.7 III) in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. This has been named among 50 classic climbs in North America. The summit is 14,197 feet tall. This will also only be my second 14er to Summit. My first was Longs Peak via the Cables Route (trip report here). This will also be my second technical alpine ascent. I am really looking forward to this one, all of the photos and trip reports I have been looking up have been getting my psyched about this awesome climb.
For our warm up climbs the few days before; we plan on climbing in Garden of the God’s, Red Rocks Canyon Open Space, Lumpy Ridge, and climbing the Direct Route (5.6 R II) on the First Flatiron in Boulder, Co. I am also really looking forward to the climb on the first Flatiron. Last years climb was one of my favorite all time climbs. I’m sure the Direct Route will not disappoint either.
I also have a different climbing partner for this trip as well, one that is far more experienced than the last climbing partner I had. This will mean faster climbing, more climbing, safer climbing and lead swapping which I am really looking forward to. Last year when I climbed with John I had to lead all the pitches since he was inexperienced. This trip will definitely be more enjoyable.
We still don’t know what we will be climbing at Lumpy Ridge yet, but hopefully it will be more enjoyable than the epic experience John and I had last year. It’s a lot harder to make dumb mistakes when climbing with somebody more experienced. You are essentially able to keep each other in check and question decisions. Had experience been on my side last year I likely would not have had to leave a $250 rope on the wall. Whoever ended up finding that received a nice present.
Be sure to check back later this summer for trip reports, and follow me on Twitter, as I will sure to be tweeting about it throughout the trip.