Chris Lindner

February 2010 Blog

 


I started off the month with a little trip down to the bouldering Mecca of Hueco Tanks, near El Paso, Texas. It’s one of the best, if not the VERY BEST bouldering in the United States. The bouldering is absolutely amazing and the crew of international climbers hanging out down there is stacked full of talent and psyche. As a climber, it’s a great place to hang out, camp in the dirt, eat fresh tortillas all day, and climb until you bleed from every finger; and I did just that. I’ve made the trip twice before, but the first time was about 13 years ago, and my last trip was nearly five years ago, so I was definitely due for another visit.

 

 


I made the 11-hour drive down to Texas by myself, but I was soon joined by my three friends Matt, Duffy, and Zach. Matt and Duffy live up in Crested Butte, the next town up the road from where I’m at in Gunnison. Zach just moved away from Crested Butte recently, and now lives in Moab, UT.


Matt...

 


 




Duffy...

 


 




Zach, looks kinda like my identical twin?

 


 



We were fortunate to have another buddy, Corey Dwan from Crested Butte, let us use his cozy camping trailer which he’s kept down at the Rock Ranch in Hueco for the past few years. Corey works in the Crested Butte Real Estate business (http://www.crestedbutteforsale.com) and unfortunately, he couldn’t make the trip down as planned due to work. So we enjoyed using his trailer for him, and happily heckled him the whole time for not coming down to Hueco. But that’s the rules: Be There or be Slandered!

I’ve been lucky to get to know Corey and Duffy these past few months, especially since they both have rad home gyms at their houses that I’ve been lucky to climb at lately. I love home gyms and I hope to have the coolest one in the world someday, but for now, it’s nice to know cool people that have already made that dream come true for themselves.

Here’s Corey’s trailer and our home-sweet-home for 10 days...

 




The Preccaries (Javelinas) were rad to see... Probably shouldn’t get in their way...

 




Hueco is culturally and spiritually significant to rock climbers as it is for many Native Americans, as shown by the hundreds of pictographs dating back thousands of years throughout the park. It’s trippy climbing amongst crazy rock formations that served as homes and shelter for so many people over the generations. Hueco is like America’s version of the super old castle ruins of ancient Europe; it’s our version of history.

 


 



Back in Gunnison, after my short trip to Hueco, I’ve found myself doing a bit of ice climbing and exploring for new cliffs/boulders around town.

Lake City is only an hour away from Gunnison and they have a pretty sweet ice park with “farmed” ice which they create with sprinkler heads on top of the 150ft wall. It’s basically a smaller version of the internationally famous Ouray Ice Park, which is only a little over two hours away. A couple days ago I went to Lake City and did pretty much every ice and mixed route there by myself with a rope-soloing setup, using my Petzl Pro Traxion and a rope anchored from above. It was a lot of fun and an excellent workout.

I took a trip along with Jodi last weekend to Penitente Canyon, which is rumored to have some epic bouldering potential amongst the established sport climbing. My long-time friend, Chris Righter, and his kid Logan met us down there for some sunny climbing weather in the snow-covered southern-Colorado mountains. It’s a beautiful area with rocks everywhere, just waiting to be scrubbed and climbed on for countless days to come. I’ll be spending some more time down there in the coming months I imagine...

Here’s Jodi making morning coffee after a cold night (-10 F) camping in the truck...

 




Logan found a hole in the rock and climbed through...

 




Some Antelope on the hillside... cool looking creatures.

 



It has snowed over two feet in the last few days in Crested Butte, so I’ve been snowboarding up there a few days lately, as well as bolting/cleaning a 500ft  snow-covered cliff just outside of town. I’m enjoying this Winter wonderland and I’m salivating for Spring climbing conditions at the same time.

 

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