Monsoonana AKA June in Montana

I left Manchester at a balmy 75 F and got back to Bozeman two weeks ago at 11pm and the ambient temperature outside was hovering just above freezing. The next day it snowed.

Spring weather in Bozeman has always kind of sucked, but this year, due to lack of high snow pack, we need  all the rain we can get, even if it is a mood killer. I spent almost all of Memorial Day stuck inside due to rain, which has been both a blessing and a curse. Instead of going out cragging everyday I’ve been stuck inside, at work, or going on the occasional bolting/exploring mission.

I recently finished cleaning a cool looking blue slab above swamp rock. Most people i have told have said ‘eww slab… why did you bolt that?” Well I don’t have any photos of it to back  my story up but it’s a beautiful steep slab with nearly no features (hopefully 5.11 or 5.12) except for some neat one-pad pockets down low, I can’t wait to try it. It should be one of the best lines above swamp rock and the same wall holds potential for a couple easier slab routes in the 5.8 – 5.10 range. In the meantime I was told of a great new wall in bear canyon (go figure!) that I’m going to check out in the morning.

I was able to go climbing outside on saturday in Gallatin Canyon between thunderstorms. We started early for a nice easy day doing: Alto Ray 5.9, Fire Escape 5.9, and Ashes of Stone 5.9 before being driven out by storms. Unfortunately the parking at the 35 MPH bridge is being taken up by the construction so you have to walk across the bridge to get to the east side of the canyon (sketchy!), I’m looking forward to the paving being done so we can have our parking lot back!

Today Joe Manlove took me up to the Vincent Wall on Frog Rock for my first time. We climbed the two warm ups and then got to work on One Million Millimeters 5.12b/c (which I almost onsighted… alas) and then tried Active Desecration 5.13. Joe and I both managed to send One Million MM, but the humidity rose as we tried Active Desecration and we started sliding off the holds at random which wasn’t very helpful.

Before I have to start my real job for the summer Evan and I are going to Ten Sleep for a couple of days. It’ll be nice to get out of town for a bit and try a lot of new stuff for a change!

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