Chris Lindner

January 2010

Just before Christmas, my buddy Ellis and I drove out to Joshua Tree from Gunnison for a short climbing trip. My shoe sponsor Evolv had an idea to shoot a short video segment involving Kurt Smith, myself, and a route Kurt bolted back in 1988 called “Dunce Cap” (13a). Kurt bolted the route ground-up on lead, in proud form over the course of a few days trying, falling, lowering down and trying it again ground-up style. It was a pretty big deal at the time and it was one of Kurt’s top-notch achievements at that point in his professional climbing career.
Anyways, Kurt was out visiting Joshua Tree with his wife Elaina for a holiday climbing trip, so it was a good time to make the video happen, and we did. Sender Films and BigUp Productions collaborated on the project and sent out two videographers to document the weekend, Russell Holcomb and Rob Frost, two really funny dudes. A solid crew of old-school Joshua Tree locals from the 80’s showed up, including legends like Scott Cosgrove. Buck and Jay from Evolv rented a killer house just outside the park for a few days for everyone to chill. They filmed me doing Kurt’s “Dunce Cap” route, which is a super technical face climb, and believed to have never seen a repeat since Kurt’s first ascent. Keep a lookout for the web-version hitting the Internet soon…
Here’s a couple pictures my dad took of “Dunce Cap” during the shoot...
 
 
Shortly thereafter, I rolled back to Gunnison to host the Christmas festivities at our place. My parents, my brother, Jodi’s mom, Jodi’s friend Maria, and a fully decorated Christmas tree crammed into our little one-bedroom apartment for a few days of family joy. We all went up to Crested Butte on Christmas Day for some turns in the snow, and we rented snowshoes and hiked around the mountains the day after.
 
 
 
 
 
Left to right: Maria, Jodi, me, pops, mom, brother Shaun, and Jodi’s mom Pam...
 
 
Mom, pops, myself, and my brother...
 
 
 
 
Jodi jumping with snowshoes on?
 
The weather has been fairly foul around here for climbing lately. But I did get out to nearby Ouray for their annual ice climbing festival extravaganza. It was a fun hacking at the ice for a couple of days. The day before the festival, I went to the used sporting good store in Gunnison and found an old pair of ice climbing boots for $45 and another pair for Jodi for $25! Normally ice boots are like $300 or more, so I was stoked on the deal. So now I have crampons, ice tools, and no excuses. I ordered some half ropes from MAXIM and some ice screws from Petzl this week, and I’ve been driving around Gunnison scoping out the local ice flows listed in the guidebook.
 
 
 
 
Jodi’s first time on the ice....
 
 
Myself, Seth, and Adam
 
 
A couple of announcements:
First, I just got on the sponsorship boat with PROBAR for energy bars. I've been friends with the founder/owner for years, and have been a fan of the product since it's birth. I'm psyched to be eating free and healthy food while I'm out climbing. This is their best flavor in my book...
 
 
 
 
Secondly, I’m very proud to help promote, participate, and provide evening entertainment for two local competitions/festivals in both of my hometowns this year. The first one is at Mt. Woodson, in San Diego, CA. I grew up across the street from this fantastic granite wonderland of cracks and bouldering. There was quite a “scene” there back in the 80’s and early 90’s, almost like the “scene” at Hueco these days. The best climbers in America were always passing through Woodson for a visit, in between trips to Joshua Tree and Yosemite. Anyways, there’s a reunion festival going on March 19-21 and everyone is invited, new-school and old-school. I’ll be doing a slideshow one of the nights at the Vertical Hold climbing gym, and there will be a few semi-organized parties over multiple nights. It should be a historic event for Woodson's history and a chance for the young and old to come together. Should be fun, so make plans to go! If you’ve ever been or never been, you’ll be psyched to climb there. I’ve taken Sharma, Graham, Trotter, and Pringle there multiple times and they all threw down some impressive sends and loved the area and its limitless potential. 
Here’s a picture of my buddy Ethan Pringle topping out one of the classics at Woodson, “Grain Storm” (12a mini-solo) last time he came to visit...
 
 
 
The other event is going on where I live currently; it’s called “24 Hours of Gunnison Glory” from May 28-30. It's loosely based on the Horseshoe Canyon's "Horseshoe Hell" concept, which is: climb as much as you want over the course of 24 hours, and have a good time doing it. There's free camping all around the event site, and plenty of killer climbing all over Gunnison. Make plans to come out, climb your ass off, and enjoy a beautiful, rocky mountain good time! 
Adios
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