A Weekend With Eric And Lucie

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Summary

Loose Ends

Eric and Lucie atop pitch 2 of Loose Ends – what a view, eh?!!

After several years of talking about it and somehow never managing to make those plans materialize, we finally broke that streak with a visit to our friends’, Eric and Lucie’s, place in Boulder . Two days of some amazingly fun cragging with great company followed. On Saturday, we did a couple of routes in Eldorado Canyon just outside of town. Our only previous experience with Colorado climbing had been the Bastille Crack in Eldo – we remember it as being polished, sandbagged, and crowded. The combination of first rate company and the route choices certainly flipped our perceptions of the place however; and despite Shirley’s bad cold, we really enjoyed ourselves this time around!

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Lumpy Ridge

Eric, Lucie, and Shirley with The Book (right) formation in the background – a great day of climbing makes for some happy climbers!!

On Sunday, we went to Lumpy Ridge and headed for The Book formation. A spectacular cragging area: beautiful granite domes and pinnacles sit high above the green pasture land of Estes Park valley. The views stretch further into the national park and the climber’s eye is drawn to the unmistakable Diamond (wall) on Longs Peak . Groves of golden leafed aspens complete the ambiance. We climbed the 3-pitch J-Crack route (5.9) while Eric and Lucie did the next door Loose Ends. The money pitch (#2) of J-Crack is a stunning (if somewhat painful for the feet) groove/finger crack in the center of the face. We all then exited via the Cheap Date (5.10b) finger crack…I found it plenty hard (hung) while Lucie easily cruised it.

A very fun weekend that we can hopefully repay for at Smith and Trout!

Photos

Saturday – Eldo

Eldorado Canyon

Fun face/crack clambering in Eldorado Canyon (Sept. 2012).


Eldorado Canyon

Lucie leading yet another great pitch of the weekend belayed by Eric (Sept. 2012).


Eldorado Canyon

Shirley enjoying a very fun line in Eldorado Canyon (Sept. 2012).


Eldorado Canyon

Eric coming up to the belay in Eldo Canyon (Sept. 2012).


Eldorado Canyon

Leading somewhere high up in Eldorado Canyon (Sept. 2012).


Eldorado Canyon

Shirley on an upper pitch in Eldorado Canyon – fun, thought provoking trad climbing (Sept. 2012).

Eldorado Canyon

Leading a pitch high above the Eldorado Canyon. Photo by Eric or Lucie (Sept. 2012).

Eldorado Canyon

High on some route in Eldo. Photo by our friends Eric or Lucie (Sept. 2012).

Darkness 'til Dawn

Leading the very nice Darkness ’til Dawn (Sept. 2012).


Darkness 'til Dawn

Eric, Lucie, and Shirley at the base of the Darkness Till Dawn route in Eldo…tail end of an amazingly fun day of climbing!

Sunday – Lumpy

Lumpy Ridge

Eric (in the lead), Lucie, and Shirley hiking in for a super fun day of climbing in the stunning Lumpy Ridge! I think the dome on the right is Batman Rock (Sept. 2012).


Loose Ends

Lucie starting the lead of Loose Ends belayed by Eric. Another great looking line that we’ll hopefully get to climb some day (Sept. 2012).

J Crack

Lucie leading Loose Ends and Shirley is starting up the first pitch of J Crack. Photo by Eric (Sept. 2012).

Loose Ends

Lucie cruising Loose Ends (pitch 1; Sept. 2012).


J Crack

Starting up pitch 2 (THE pitch ) of J Crack…fun, fun, fun!!!


J Crack

High on the beautiful pitch 2 of J Crack (Sept. 2012).


J Crack

Our friends Eric and Lucie doing the gear swap atop the 2nd pitch of Loose Ends. Photo taken from the 2nd pitch of J Crack (Sept. 2012).


J Crack

Shirley enjoying the pretty pretty pitch 2 of (money pitch!) of J Crack (Sept. 2012).


Cheap Date

A bit of Estes Park Valley in its fall glory as seen from high up on The Book formation (Sept. 2012).


Loose Ends

Eric and Lucie atop pitch 2 of Loose Ends – what a view, eh?!!

J Crack

Starting up the third pitch of J Crack. Cool photo is courtesy of either Eric or Lucie (thanks guys!).

J Crack

Leading pitch 3 of J Crack (Sept. 2012).


J Crack

Shirley belaying me on a version of pitch 3 of J Crack (Sept. 2012).


J Crack

Higher on J Crack’s left side exit, pitch 3 (Sep. 2012).


J Crack

Looking east from the top of the J Crack…charming Colorado fall, yes?


J Crack

Shirley topping out on the spectacular J Crack (5.9) – pitch 3 (Sept. 2012).


Lumpy Ridge

Looking E/SE towards Batman Rock (note the climbers) from the top of The Book formation (Sept. 2012).


Cheap Date

Leading the beautiful finger crack that is Cheap Date high on The Book. Somewhat cerebral face climbing to reach the slanting (hard) finger/tips crack (Sept. 2012).


Cheap Date

En route to the tips/finger crack education on the Cheap Date pitch high on The Book (Sept. 2012).


Cheap Date

Shirley atop the Cheap Date (5.10b) pitch. One low 5th class pitch remains to the exit (Sept. 2012).


Cheap Date

Lucie topping out on The Book formation belayed by Eric (Sept. 2012).

Lumpy Ridge

Elders Lucie, yours truly and Shirley during our photo shoot in Lumpy for the cover of our new album of Mormon rock hymns (photo credit goes to Elder Eric – who’s in the band as well but will not be on the cover shot; Sept. 2012).

The Book

Looking up from the base of The Book. There’s a party on the money pitch of J Crack (5.9). Lookee that beautiful granite (Sept. 2012)!!


The Book

The south face of The Book formation at Lumpy Ridge (Sept. 2012).


J Crack

An unknown party on the third pitch (left side exit) of J Crack. This is the finish we took as well. Such an obvious line on the south face of The Book formation (Sept. 2012).


Lumpy Ridge

Eric, Lucie, and Shirley with The Book (right) formation in the background. Sundance Buttress is visible on the far left. A great day of climbing makes for some happy climbers!!


Lumpy Ridge

The crew hiking out after a terrific day of climbing at Lumpy Ridge. Twin Owls formation is visible (Sept. 2012).


Lumpy Ridge

The Colorado aspen grove on the hike out from Lumpy (Sept. 2012).


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