Friday, April 16, 2010

Back on the Front Range

I'm back in Fort Collins after being gone for almost 5 months. I left Joe's Valley a day early. This is probably the first time I have ever left Joe's sooner than I had to, but I just couldn't climb anymore without a few rest days. Unfortunately I had to be back in CO for work so I couldn't stick around long enough to rest.

The last few weeks in Joe's have been amazing as always. I've done so many great problems. I was able to capture a video of one particular problem called Moment of Truth v10. I don't know what conditions are normally like for this problem, but it was sitting on top of a frozen stream surrounded by ice on 3 of 4 sides (all but up). A week prior it was also covered on top with a half foot of snow and ice. Ryan Silven and I cleaned off as much as we could, and then Ryan went back again after a few more inches of snow fell. Finally it was climable.

The problem is very short. Its basically one hard move to a difficult mantel that really isn't very difficult. Amazing rock, great holds, and how often do you get to climb a boulder surrounded by ice. But enough, here is the video.

Moment of Truth from Paul Nadler on Vimeo.

For anyone that wants to find Moment of Truth, park at the big pullout as for Trent's Mom. Then hike across the river and up the off-shoot canyon following the stream. After about 5 minutes you'll come to a cluster of boulders. Moment of Truth sits towards the back of this cluster kind of to the right of one of the large boulders.

Now being back on the front range, I'm excited to get out climbing. Not sure what is on the agenda yet, perhaps clean up some old projects, perhaps find some new ones. I'm sure it will be a little of both.