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Late Summer Bouldering Action in RMNP


by Unknown

December 29, 2001

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There has been some recent high-end bouldering action in the high-country of Colorado...thanks to an unusually dry September. Winter comes early to the high altitude boulders within Rocky Mountain National Park so locals and visiting climbers alike have been making the most of the excellent Colorado weather.

Luke Parady, now a University of Colorado freshman, has reportedly made the second ascent of Dave Graham's Nuthin but Sunshine (V14)in Rocky Mountain National Park. Lisa Rands made the first female ascent of Handy Capps (V9) and Gang Bang (V8) during a visit this month. And Tommy Caldwell made the second ascent of The Automator (V13), yet another Graham testpiece.

Also in the park, Dave Graham made the first ascent of "Eternia (V13), an 18-move problem on a 20-foot roof high above Lake Haiyaha", says Rock and Ice Magazine. R&I also calls it an "ultimate crimping nightmare destined to make Nothin' But Sunshine seem like a stoll in The Park".

Not far away, just outside Ft. Collins, Chris Sharma put up a tough problem on a 45 degree overhanging wall called Kingpin. Jason Kehl and Dave Graham picked up fast repeats on the problem rating it around V12. The weather in Poudre Canyon can be more stable in the fall lending itself to possibly giving-up a few more testpieces before winter sets in.

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