IT has been a while since my last post. Too much has happened so I will not back track, but carry forward. This summer has been filled with many adventures up to this area called Wolverine Land at Mt. Evans. IT was discovered many years ago, but not till this year has it seen an explosion of boulder problems at all levels. The boulder field is situated in a gully leading from the top of the road into the cucumber shaped lake. You descend a steep 900 foot hillside at 12,000 feet into a paradise of boulders. The air is very thin, so breathing can be stressful at first until your body gets adjusted. Dave Graham was shown this area by Jamie Emerson, and has been on a rampage scrubbing, chalking, and building landings for everyone to enjoy these new tespieces. He has put up many classic FAs as well including Mote in God’s Eye, Clan of the Cave Bears, and Bebe Wolverine. He has taught me alot about exploring virgin rock and preparing it. Dave has always been an inspiration to me with his dedication to developing not only boulders but sectors and areas. He is a true pioneer of this sport and climbing/learning from him has been an honor. My whole perspective on climbing has changed since last year. The satisfaction of climbing unknown stone is paralyzing compared to repeating lines. The amount of days that goes into climbing an undone boulder makes you realize how long it takes to develope an area. I still enjoy repeating other climbers testpieces, but now I appreciate all the effort that was put into creating these works of art. Wolverine Land allowed me to go out and create new boulder problems. IT has been a total joint effort by Dave, Courtney, Chad, Luke, Jon, and I to put Wolverine Land on the map. There are already 10 boulders graded 8B or harder with projects popping up everyday.
8c in Wolverine Land from Courtney Sanders on Vimeo.