Girls’ Day Out 5.7 – Ann kicks us off on this nice long route with a good variety of edges, pockets, and flakes.
Boy, I Gotta Go 5.9 – Really enjoyable big moves with good rests along the way.
Stud Alert 5.10b – The gem of the wall includes a bouldery small roof, a few delicate slab moves, and big whopper roof to finish. Some of the fun:
Climb Like a Girl 5.9+ – I encourage Ann to try this, and she gives it her all, falling several times attempting the second clip before giving up. I feel bad when I get on it – the clips are hard. Not just the second one either. Nice edgy climbing though!
“You Go Girl 5.10c” – easy to the first bolt, overhanging and stemmy to the second. I make Ann nervous with a hangy second clip. The next crux moves take me several tries to work out a sequence. When I find a clip stance for bolt #3, I don’t think I can hang on. I move down and fall, then manage to finish on Boy I Gotta Go around the corner. I’m almost too pumped to finish that.
The good weather continues, but we’re done! I feel a little like a child playing in the big kids’ sandbox here, with hundreds of routes I can’t touch in all directions, but I would come back here, and Wild Iris too. With the Wind River Range looming in the west, the Wyoming wind and sun seemingly ever-present, and the pocketed limestone stretching out in long, long bands, the character of the place is strong and not to be denied.