Weekend Warriors

Finally got back to Nordegg to unwind, visit with Brent at Shunda Creek Hostel and break out the climbing gear. It was too cold to climb on Saturday, so we upped the ante and visited a glacier. Sunday saw saw rocking 5.4s as we introduced a n00b to the awesome sport of being scared spitless…

Good times on the Columbia icefields…

She started on a 5.6 and by the time she hit the 5.5 at Hogwarts, it was old hat!

All in all, a great weekend featuring 4 bears, 1 elk, many sheep and many, many, many deer. Co-starring a bbq’d pizza, red wine and an unplanned tomato salad.

Is it her?


Who could the mysterious shadowy figure be? Will the mystery be revealed? Will she ever look at her pictures? Just what is she looking at? Is the sky falling? Why is she stealing Chicken Little’s schtick? Is this the hidden dark side much alluded to? Are her lips really that red? Why is this filed under Climbing?

The answer to these and many more inane questions may never be revealed on this site…but then again…

5.11

So the other morning I was at the Virg with Gail and Leslie and I decided to try out this new route that had yet to be rated. The first 3 or 4 moves where a bit technical but not too crimpy so I roped up and flashed it. When I came down I said ” uhh high 9 maybe a low 10″. Gail tried it next and without my reach couldn’t quite get through the “easy” spots and since it was the end of the evening she bailed.

Leslie came home Monday night and said it was now rated 5.11. I scoffed. Last night I showed up and sure enough if was marked a 5.11. Me… flash an 11? I mentioned it to a Scott and Nigel and Scott confirmed it and Nigel then gave it a try. As a result they downgraded it to 5.11-. Whatever… they oughta know so… my first 5.11 and I flashed it…

Oh yeah… kudos to Geoff who set the route: my new hero!


Scott working his way up Pnuemothorax (5.11c) last summer…

While Nigel rests for a moment after the crux of Rat Roof (5.11c) earlier this spring: