I am definitely missing climbing in Red River Gorge, Kentucky: the overhanging, juggy, sandpaper pockets; the easy approaches; Miguel’s Pizza. But I have to say, I love having a view. I feel locked into a tunnel of deciduous trees; you can’t see more than a few feet from you. There’s something relaxing about open spaces. I love being on the peaks of mountains or looking out into the emptiness of the ocean. Shelf Road provides some great sport climbing (even the cracks are bolted, which is weird to me) with some amazing views.
We climbed at an area called Cactus Cliffs. Matt had been talking about a route up a blank face that you could see from across the valley, Lats Don’t Have Feelings. It’s a very aesthetic and crimpy 5.11d, which is fitting to my new found style. (Somehow my style has switched recently from powerful and overhanging to crimpy and technical, which is great for Colorado. I’m not sure when this transition happened, but I am enjoying it.)
I am excited about discovering more of Colorado’s climbing, and shooting with some great climbers. Shelf Road will definitely offer me some great times in the future.
|Matt working through the crux of a fun 5.12a|
|Matt makes some great faces when he’s “trying hard”|