Flowers and Limestone

The campsites and walls of Wild Iris have almost been more home to me than Jackson this summer - I think I have clocked in at least twenty nights there by now.

The season started with Swedish women, flowers, a big black truck, and a jaded man of French-Canadian descent.

Car camping The Wild Iris mobile

The jaded man got stoked scoping out a summer project our first day at the Aspens, and it was a bit contagious

Scoping Butch Pocket Scoping Butch Pocket, 2015 guidebook in hand

Flower Power

There's a reason the area's named after a flower. The fields go wild up there late in the spring..

Flowers to the winds

Big D and a flower

Big D photographs flowers Photographing the photographer

My peeps

The season kept going with a wild Fourth of July. A week after that Erik, Ken, Disa and I reunited for a bit more sending - that's when the wedding and the mushroom squirrel happened. Ask me about it sometime.

At the end of July I had a blind date with a Mountain Projecter who ended up being a primary partner for the rest of the summer, my new friend Dave Meyer (a.k.a. Kyle).

Dave follows the second pitch of Gunky Kyle follows the second pitch of Gunky (5.8). I think he subsequently soloed this route at least ten times

The final trip of the season saw Meyer, Trudeau, myself, and a Mr. Jared Heath (another car-living climber) back for a final week at The I.

Sitting around camp Dave and Jared sitting in the Aspens campground

After the sendsperation of Jared and Meyer projecting Wind and Rattlesnakes, I had my two best days of climbing ever, with my first 11d flash and two other 11ds redpointed.

Jared lights up Smoking. So bad for you, so easily glamorized. Jared lights up a sweet-smelling cigar

Limestone

Anyhoo. Enough about flowers and people. Let's talk about rocks.

Cue the monochrome rock photo!

Stacked rocks, B&W

No no no, I mean the kind you'd want to climb!

Black and white crusher, on Butch Pocket Butch Pocket (12a) - Photo by Big D

Bingo.

Now keep 'em comin'.

Trudeau fingers Night Flying Woman Trudeau fingers Night Flying Woman (11a) - Photo by Big D

Little D slabbing Little D adjusts to life at 9k feet

Californios, cruxxin Californios (11b) - Photo by Big D

Big D on Winchester Pump Winchester Pump (11b)

Tribal War Tribal War (11c)

Little D on Gaucho Gaucho (10d)

Me on Zorro Zorro (11d) - Photo by Erik

Thanks to Erik and Kalle for so many of the photos in this post!

Ticklist (and misses)

The following is a bunch of minutiae that you don't want to read unless you're really into climbing and you want to nerd out with me over beers at the Lander Bar someday.

5.Easy

Gunky (5.8) & Wind River Muzzle Loader (5.9)

10a (3)

All He's Ever Gonna Have, Ride Me Cowgirl, Red Ryder

10b (6)

Rope the Moon, Take Off Your Hat, Cirque de Suave, Doob Loob, King Lazy Bones, Imagine What I Could Do To Your Face

10c (5)

Dirty Sally, Mutt Ridin' Monkey, Young Guns, Gaucho, The Man From Laramie, Urban Cowboys

10d (3)

Testosterone Alfresco, Claim Jumper, Pronghorn Tramp

11a (3)

Night Flying Woman, The Duke, The Undercling, The Prospect

11b (4)

Californios, Lonely Are the Brave, Winchester Pump, Cowboy Poetry

11c (4)

Tribal War, Boys From Brazil, Honed on the Range, Arizona Cowgirl, Wrong End of a Gun

11d (3)

Zorro, Rooster Cogburn, Whips Chaps & Chains, Ambuscado

12a (0)

Wind & Rattlesnakes, Diamonds and Rain, Hot Tamale Baby, Butch Pocket and the Sundance Pump