Frank Slide Bouldering

Well I don’t have any work on the wall to report this week. I have parts waiting at the border that I need to proceed but I haven’t gotten there yet. Instead I am going to share a little about a day engaged in my other hobby: climbing.

I got packed up the night before and optimistically included my drill in the off chance we might finish up our outstanding projects at frank slide and move on to put up a sport route. It turns out I was the only one to even bother bringing a harness, so the drill was clearly excessive.

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Packing for a day out in the Crowsnest Pass. C’mon bosch sponsorship, just look at that product placement!

I rode out with Trent and Mark D. After stopping in at the Frank Slide interpretive centre to use their luxurious bathroom we warmed up on some easy slabs and a pit problem near the highway on our way out to The City of Giants. I won’t get into too much detail beyond what I photographed ’cause I am sure Trent will deliver on that in his blog when he catches up.

Kyle arrived in time to join us at the CoGĀ  for a lap on the techy slab problem Casper. We were also joined by Dan A. around the same time.

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Kyle on top of the spooky slab problem Casper (V2)

After climbing Casper (and whatever is next to it) I broke off from the group to work on the problems on the Alberta Meat Market boulder. Until it started to rain.

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The Giant. For scale my crashpad is the little black rhombus to the right of centre. It is sitting below the problem Deadpool (V5) while I hid from the rain.

Our afternoon was largely consumed with working out the moves on a project (formerly known as unbreakable). The key to which turned out to be using a jam in a shallow pod. Mark D. snagged the first ascent and named it Force of Will, an accurate description of how he pulled through the crux.

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Trent moving with ease through the crux thumb-stack on Force of Will (V6?)
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Kyle on the last hard move of Force of Will.

This problems difficulty seems to be highly dependent on your jamming ability and/or pain tolerance, regardless of its difficulty I thought it was a brilliant problem.

I rounded out my day climbing a crack which Trent found a few months ago (I think or maybe Kyle found it years earlier), just north of the At First Light boulder in the upper CoG. It proved to be quiet thuggish and sequence dependent. Following mainly finger jams from deep in the overhang where the crack turns horizontal all the way to the lip. Not a five star problem but this kind of climbing is a rare find at Frank and it was fun.

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Crack Problem. Sorry I don’t have any photos with climber present. I would guess V4ish.

 

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