Trip Report
Off the Couch, and Onto the Shelf

by Edge
Sunday December 29, 2013 9:43am
Shelf Road, that is.

In 36 years of climbing, I don't ever recall scaling limestone. I probably did somewhere, but at my age I don't recall things too well. That's why I'm writing this trip report, so I can remember the trip in the future, like, say, after lunch.

I was talked into going by my daughter Meaghan, who lives in Denver. I taught her from an early age how to climb, and so I know I can trust her. The kid is solid.

As for me, I hadn't climbed in weeks. I moved to Colorado to be close to great climbing , but between biblical floods, closed roads, trying to establish my business, family obligations, and life in general I haven't gotten out as much as I had hoped. I really need to find additional partners in my new home town.

OK, enough of me whining.

We arrived to see the line of cliffs spreading for miles.
What a spread!
What a spread!
Credit: Edge
Yours truly on the road in. I'm giddy with excitement! Really.
The approach from the Bank Campground.
The approach from the Bank Campground.
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Meg lacing up her shoes, but I got mine on first and took the first lead.
Meaghan
Meaghan
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We pulled the rope and she jumped on next.
The .9+ warm-up
The .9+ warm-up
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The next routes were crimpy and balancy, with a little pumpy thrown in for good measure.
Rope gun
Rope gun
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Hanging out with my kiddo, what could be better?
Contemplating the next route
Contemplating the next route
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That girl really needs to wash her rope.
9 1/2 reasons for cleaning your rope, and why I hate left hand monos.
9 1/2 reasons for cleaning your rope, and why I hate left hand monos.
Credit: Edge

For the end of December it sure was warm. Or can elderly men experience hot flashes? Whatever.
The semi-Naked Edge
The semi-Naked Edge
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It got cold fast when the sun went down, which was our cue to head to town for a hot meal.
Mmmmmexican !
Mmmmmexican !
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We woke up early the next morning and walked into Cactus Cliff just as the sun was starting to hit it.
Cactus Cliff approach.
Cactus Cliff approach.
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My belayer positioned herself in the warmth of the sun's rays.
My shadowy belayer.
My shadowy belayer.
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I took the first lap on a 5.7 bolted crack. When in Rome, and all that.
Man atop a bolted crack.
Man atop a bolted crack.
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Now that's a view that most people will never see.
What's between my legs...
What's between my legs...
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Meaghan pulled the rope and took her turn.
Chrinoid Corner
Chrinoid Corner
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Wave for the picture!
That's my girl, way up there.
That's my girl, way up there.
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The next route was a fun mid-range .10, but a bit cool in the shade.
Overlap
Overlap
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Meg styled the low, reachy crux.
It's c-c-cold in the shade!
It's c-c-cold in the shade!
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Fun moves up high.
Inspecting the line ahead.
Inspecting the line ahead.
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We finished up right around noon with a beautiful .10 b/c. 11 bolts, and impeccable movement. Always end on a high note!
A long lead!
A long lead!
Credit: Edge

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Edge is a trad climber from Boulder, CO.

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T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Dec 29, 2013 - 09:58am PT
The family that sends together...
well, you know!
Way to get after it,
Tad
Gene

climber
  Dec 29, 2013 - 10:01am PT
Wonderful!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
  Dec 29, 2013 - 10:25am PT
Nice, edge. Hope I can get out there for a tour with you sometime. Cheers.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Dec 29, 2013 - 10:58am PT
What could be better......fun in the sun, new area and climbing with your daughter!

edit: The title had a rather ominous ring until i read the tr.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
  Dec 29, 2013 - 10:53am PT
Fun in the sun, indeed. Looks like a blast.
this just in

climber
north fork
  Dec 29, 2013 - 11:01am PT
Great looking trip Edge. Like that shadow belayer pic and the dirty rope hands. Thanks.
10b4me

climber
  Dec 29, 2013 - 11:18am PT
Looks like fun.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
  Dec 29, 2013 - 11:28am PT
Excellent!

My dad is moving to the front range next year, we should all go climbing when I visit him.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
  Dec 29, 2013 - 11:31am PT
Thanks for sharing. Nice to see you out in the sunshine with your girl.
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
  Dec 29, 2013 - 12:08pm PT
edge your show is very convincing;
of composition: poise, creativity, vision,
humor, fortitude, love and seeking.

it very well could be that you
are indeed authoring a bitchen life.
moacman

Trad climber
Montuckyian Via Canada Eh!
  Dec 29, 2013 - 01:55pm PT
Good fun, thanx for sharing.................

Stevo
locker

climber
STFU n00b!!!
  Dec 29, 2013 - 01:58pm PT



I remember well how cool it is to hang and climb with your own kid...



COOL!!!...




survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Dec 29, 2013 - 02:14pm PT
Holy December Sweetness!

Love those winter climbing spots, so good. And out with your girl too? Double bonus. TFPU!
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
  Dec 29, 2013 - 02:21pm PT
Awesome Edge. Gotta check that place out!
ladyscarlett

Trad climber
SF Bay Area, California
  Dec 29, 2013 - 02:50pm PT
Nicely done!!

Sunny dragging....I know a partner who says that's a perfect time for nutcraft...

I like that bolted crack idea myself..

;)

Be we'll!

Cheers

LS
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Dec 29, 2013 - 03:38pm PT
Nice, Edge! I loved it there. funkdamentals is my favorite
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Dec 29, 2013 - 05:00pm PT
Looks like an amazingly nice couple of days for Dec. in Colorado. Thanks for taking the time to post the nice photos and story.
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Author's Reply  Dec 29, 2013 - 07:06pm PT
Thanks everyone for the comments. I am loving the explorations around our new home, so much variety in terms of rock, climate, and terrain.

Shelf Road was an easy 3 1/2 hour drive from Boulder and skirts around Pikes Peak. Not a bad view, even over a dusty dashboard.

Passing through Colorado Springs.
Passing through Colorado Springs.
Credit: Edge

I love cholla, probably because it is completely foreign to this New Hampshirite, and because I've managed to not step on it, fall in it, or sit on it during a bathroom break.

I enjolla the cholla.
I enjolla the cholla.
Credit: Edge

The intrusions in the limestone are trippy. This one looks like a winged-one.

A bird in the stone is worth two in the tree.
A bird in the stone is worth two in the tree.
Credit: Edge

A magical place, for sure. Just one of many that I need to revisit.

Shelf Road panorama.
Shelf Road panorama.
Credit: Edge
Dickly

Social climber
KY
  Dec 29, 2013 - 07:30pm PT
NICE, I cant wait until my 3 year old is rope gunning for me!
yanqui

climber
Balcarce, Argentina
  Dec 29, 2013 - 08:14pm PT
Nice ... think I recoginized some of those climbs, but then it's been 21 years since I was a couple weeks on the Shelf with José.
melski

Trad climber
bytheriver
  Dec 29, 2013 - 08:49pm PT
proving theres hope for older dufers,,good on;ya mate,,
Edge

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Author's Reply  Dec 30, 2013 - 01:09pm PT
NICE, I cant wait until my 3 year old is rope gunning for me!

Careful what you wish for; my experience is that it happens too fast.

For what it's worth, we rope gunned for each other, or more appropriately took turns getting the onsight before pulling the rope. Despite our differences in height and age we have similar abilities, but my experience offsets her athleticism. I'm climbing pretty well relying on all of those years on the rock despite age related nagging aches and pains; my head is in a much better place than it was 30 years ago. I'm trying to help her get to that same mindset much quicker than I did. Nothing beats watching your kids succeed and surpass you.

Cheers!
Evel

Trad climber
Nedsterdam CO
  Dec 30, 2013 - 01:29pm PT
Right On! Cool TR

You'll stop loving the cholla just as soon as one 'bites' ya!
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
  Dec 30, 2013 - 01:56pm PT
Nice...

thanks...

made me smile
RyanD

climber
Squamish
  Dec 30, 2013 - 03:07pm PT
Good job you guys, looks like some great quality time. The limestone there looks interesting, & plentiful too! Thanks for the tr.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
  Dec 30, 2013 - 03:14pm PT
hey there say, edge... very nice family news and trip report!
great share, thank you so much!
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
  Dec 30, 2013 - 03:14pm PT
Love it. Nothing better than having your kids rope gun for you!
klk

Trad climber
cali
  Dec 30, 2013 - 03:21pm PT
very cool
slabbo

Trad climber
colo south
  Dec 30, 2013 - 04:56pm PT
Very nice edge..however, I have never known you to be "giddy"?
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Dec 30, 2013 - 09:27pm PT
Nice edge, Climbing with your kids, what could be better!!!!
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
  Jan 15, 2014 - 03:33pm PT
The best thing my youngest daughter and I have done together was a short trip to Skaha and Squamish last summer (she is a newbie climber). She especially loved Squamish because she was surrounded by young folks with lots of enthusiasm
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
  Jan 15, 2014 - 03:37pm PT
Pretty cool.
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