As winter settles in on us like a mountain of wet blankets, smothering our motivation with warmth and moisture, I’ve been lucky enough to get out and climb a few times. While I was home in Colorado for the holidays, I was able to meet up with a college buddy and his brothers to hit Clear Creek Canyon in Golden. Climbing in a t-shirt with snow on the ground all around us was a pretty nice Christmas treat, and the echo of the trucks roaring down the road 300 feet away only added to the ambiance. It was a very nice day, although I think I’ve been a bit spoiled by the long, sustained lines of Smith and Trout Creek.
Speaking of Trout Creek, that actually wound up being my next destination. It’s a surprisingly great winter crag, because while you might, like us, think that it’s south facing, it’s actually not, which means that instead of being warm and comfortable, the cracks are just the right temperature to numb your hands up and make you into an unstoppable crack climbing machine. At least until your digits start to peel off. Continue reading