Conditions are spectacular in the Rockies these days. Relatively low avalanche hazard, fat ice and reasonable temperatures. Its heaven for winter climbers.
A few highlights from my past week of climbing with Kyle Vassilopoulos:
We went to the Haffner cave and climbed on Caveman and Neolithic in brutally cold conditions, likely colder than -20 degrees Celcius–definitely out of condition ; )
I was psyched to send Caveman again despite the freezing pain or lack of feeling all together in my hands and feet. Luckily the rest of our week was much warmer.
We headed up to the Icefields Parkway and enjoyed the awe of many blue ribbons gracing new cliff bands. We finally decided on Slaughterhouse M8. Unfortunately, we had to put the trail in and clear off the daggers/curtain at the top of the climb, but of course the reward is greater when you have to work for it. What a fantastic climb, well bolted, with fun moves on great hooks. We were both psyched to redpoint the route. Thanks to the 1st ascentionists!
Because we love epic drives in the Rockies (not), we decided to up the ante and drive to the Bull River Canyon for a ‘team Canada’ day with Gordon MacArthur and Nathan Kutcher. We drove over 12 hours in 2 days! But it was worth it.
We enjoyed really ‘fat’ conditions on El Matador.
Finally, the condition of my ankle is not so good. Early in my final training session in Calgary yesterday, I fell off and landed with my foot between 2 mats. I sprained my ankle. It will be fine with taping, but yesterday and today it has been quite swollen and painful.
I felt disappointed not to be able to train and climb yesterday and today, especially with all the travel i am anticipating in the next couple days. Oh boo hoo for me… of course this has left me lots of time to procrastinate on packing!
I am off to Korea tomorrow, traveling with Nathan Kutcher.
Let the adventure begin…