When we left Boulder in January, I got Lizz’s purple PT Cruiser stuck three times in deep snow. The Flatirons were great white shields fissured by frosted pines. When we crossed the border into blustery Wyoming, I thought about all that I was leaving behind – friends, colleagues, Monday night softball, Thursday night soccer and a tick list of climbs that would remain unchecked.
Upon returning, fire and heat roasted the parched landscape like torched ashes. Mixing shade, altitude and water was the only solution. Despite the scorching conditions, we made the best of our time back home on The Front Range and I got busy on the old list. Check out some photos of our climbing in the Boulder area and a couple videos that Tyler put together, including of the Eldo oddball testpiece Your Mother and Tyler’s first 5.12 send.
I tried Your Mother three times when I lived in Boulder, once each in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Each time I felt more able, but with so much time between attempts, didn’t stand much of a chance. With a week in town and the easy approach in the beautiful Eldo setting, I thought the climb would make for the perfect mini project. I needed one attempt to hash out the moves and, somewhat to my surprise, only one more shot to send. The route is well known for the committing crux dyno at the top. If you clip beforehand, forget about sending. If you go for the move and don’t stick it, you’ll be taking a huge (but safe) fall. Awesome route. Go do it.
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