News & Notes – 8/3/2011

News & Notes – 8/3/2011

A few lingering pieces of News & Notes left over from my recent vacation…


  • Jonathan Siegrist had a pretty productive month of July.  On a trip to Ten Sleep, WY he managed to send 2 5.14a’s on his first try, gave the featured presentation at the International Climber’s Festival in Lander, WY, did the first repeat of Ben Gilkinson’s Wide World Of Fitness (suggests 5.14b) at Little Si, WA and made quick work of A.D.A.T.O. (5.14b) at Vancouver Island near Squamish.
  • Sonnie Trotter checks in with Black Diamond to report on some new route efforts he and Tommy Caldwell did in the Canandian Rockies.
  • Nick Duttle has made a rare repeat of Tommy Caldwell’s Grand Ol’ Opry (5.14b) at the Monastery.  Commenting on his 8a scorecard he confirms the difficulty of this route that was originally given a grade of 5.14a:
This is a true technical test piece. By far the hardest line I have sent on granite. 8c+ is a grade that falls on easier lines than this one… Respect to the 4 prior ascents!

And Notes…

For decades, rock climbing was a sport about reaching places thousands of feet off the ground. These climbs can take days and require sleeping up on the rock. Spectators watch with binoculars below. Pinning ropes to the rock along the way is a necessary safeguard, and learning how to climb with a rope is a lengthy undertaking that long kept the sport on the fringe.

But in recent years, another, younger type of climbing — called bouldering — has opened the sport to a far wider group of participants and spectators. Bouldering requires no ropes because it centers on short climbs, usually up to 18 feet and lasting no more than five minutes. It is easier in many places to find a low rock to climb than it is to find a giant cliff.

And it is easier to watch friends, or professionals, when they are right in front of you.

In the fall of 1998, world-class climber Tommy Caldwell hit upon another prime bouldering spot in the park. Chaos Canyon’s gigantic field of blocky and swirly gneiss surrounding Lake Haiyaha, which sits at 10,219 feet.

“Chaos was the freaking mother lode,” says Caldwell, an Estes Park local. “For me it was like winning the lottery.”


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2 Responses to News & Notes – 8/3/2011

  1. Andrew August 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    That picture of Tommy Caldwell in the lawn chair is deserving of the cover of Rock and Ice. It’s seriously that cool.

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  2. Anonymous August 3, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    It’s very important that everyone follows the link to the Redrock development.  Any help we can get by sending letters, email and phone calls can keep this development from happening.  The AAI blogpost has links to a thread on Mountain Project for more info.


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