Me attempting a possible first
ascent on the East Face of Windy Peak
Got back from Red Rocks late last night. PaulT, Dan, Arne, and I had a great trip — 4 days of climbing under bluebird skies and temps in the 70’s. Here’s what Arne and I did:
Day 1: Jubilant Song: An 8 pitch route on the South Face of Windy Peak. Long approach and mediocre climbing, but a good “warm up” (if an 8+ hour day can be called that). Capped off the day with Salt Lick Barbeque (at the Red Rock resort) and a little Texas Hold’em.
Day 2: Sour Mash: A super-classic 8 pitch route on Black Velvet Wall. Fantastic climbing and another big day. Destroyed some Asian food at PF Chang.
Day 3: Diet Delight: Back to Windy Peak — this time on the East Face. The first pitch of this one is one of the best I’ve ever done. Heinous descent down a steep gulley. Afterward I tried a possible first ascent of a very cool route (pic above) but got turned back 40 feet up by lack of protection.
One of the things I love about these trips is the simplicity of life: Wake up early, climb all day, eat a big dinner, go to sleep, repeat. I even love the achy, beat-up feeling I have when I come back.
Here are more pics: