Nelson and his boom. The Hilti box is a weight for the end that he steers, while the camera is on the other end floating in space.
Me, sitting at the base of the sandstone wall, with all my warm clothes on waiting to give the route another try. My feet are wrapped in a fleece and I have the warmest Arcteryx goodies on possible!
Nelson, taking care of business high above the valley floor in Cuchara, CO.
Dan and Nelson on the way back to the car. It was much nicer hiking out on a packed trail. I had them wear red, so I could find them if they got lost!
Well, suffer we did. Nelson forgot to tell Dan that he needed snow shoes and not snow boots, so at 6am saturday morning we left Nelson’s and stopped at Dan’s to pick up his pair. Three hours later we arrived at Cuchara, CO and saw lots of snow. Now it is at an elevation near 10,000 feet so we knew there would be some, but the approach was through three-four feet of the white stuff.
I broke trail and it wasn’t one of the easier snowshoeing adventures that I have been on. At the cliff’s base there was plenty of dry space to change out of my soaking wet clothes into the dry and warm stuff, I waited nearly forty minutes for the others to reach me.
Then it was time to climb the route for video and stills.
The highlight of the day was taking the big whip from the last possible move on the route. I fell nearly the height of the wall only to be caught by Dan. I then booted him in the head as we came together in mid air just a few feet above the ground. Good times. The air temperature was around the upper 30’s or even 40 so it was really perfect for climbing. I hung out in all my clothes while we changed angles for the cameras, but it really was quite pleasant out in the snow.
Thanks to Dan and Nelson for coming out to play.
Enjoy my photos and Dans and the 5 minute video short that Nelson and Chuck are putting together.