After the summer of 2010 saw an explosion in development thanks mainly to the efforts of Dave Graham, the summer of 2011 looks to be one of repeats and consolidation in Colorado’s alpine bouldering hotspots. In addition to some of the repeats I mentioned previously there have been some additional noteworthy sends going down at Mt. Evans courtesy of a quick search of 8a.nu:
- Graham’s proposed V14 at Lincoln Lake, Vanilla Sky, was repeated by Jimmy Webb and Brion Voges who both suggested a downgrade to V13.
- Evil Backwards, which was confirmed at V14 by several repeaters last summer, has been repeated lately by the likes of Brad Weaver, Brian Antheunisse, Kevin Jorgeson and Sam Davis. Someone is either being over aggressive with their brushing or outright chipping the problem as the crux hold continues to grow in size leading Davis to suggest the problem could be as easy V12 now.
- At Area A both both Brion Voges and Nate Draughn repeated Graham’s Big Worm (V14), which is notable as Draughn completely skipped V13 saying on his 8a.nu scorecard that Big Worm fit him perfect. Check out this interview Draughn did with DPM for more of his thoughts on the experience.
- Also at Area A, Brad Weaver flashed the classic No More Greener Grasses (V12). For one of the only times in recorded history I was present for something noteworthy in the climbing world and I managed to take a few pictures: