Bouldering at Mt. Evans

On Saturday, I went bouldering at Mt. Evans with my husband Pat and my friend Nick. Mt. Evans is a 14er here in Colorado that offers alpine climbing with incredible views. It’s about an hour and fifteen minutes from Boulder to the Echo Lake trail head and the hike to Area A, the first bouldering area, is right at an hour.

Area A is the most popular area because it’s closest and has a lot of classic routes. Probably the most popular warmup is The Ladder, which is a V2. The ladder has great movement and is all around a great problem. It has 4 stars for a reason! If you’re there, you have to get on it.

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The Ladder (V2)

We all warmed up here before heading to Area B, which I’ve never been to before and isn’t on Mountain Project. To get to Area B, you walk further down the social trail to the Silverback boulder, follow it around to the right and walk about 10 more minutes through the trees until you reach a clearing with a huge talus field on the left. From the Gorillas in the Mist boulder, we went up the talus field to the B Seam. It was a gorgeous problem with a crack running right through it to give a long traverse.

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B Seam (V4)

Unfortunately, the landing was not ideal and was basically poorly dispersed talus. Since the landing was pretty scary and the problem is a V4, I didn’t play around on it because I didn’t feel like potentially breaking my ankle since we only had 3 pads. But my friend Nick made really good progress and only needs to link up one section and he should get it! Next time! Also, the views from Area B are breathtaking.

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View from Area B

Then we hiked back toward Area A and went to the Dali boulder. I worked on Puddle Jumper, which is a three star V2 (according to Mountain Project) but the guide book calls it a V3. I’d say it’s somewhere between the two. It’s super crimpy, but also super fun! My fingers were feeling pretty raw after a few goes so I didn’t finish it, but I got to one move before the end so next time I think I’ll be able to finish it!

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Puddle Jumper (V2 or 3)

All in all, it was a good day. I may not have climbed a bunch of problems, but I got to spend the day with Pat and Nick being outside on a gorgeous day in the wilderness of Colorado. When it comes down it, that’s my favorite part about climbing.

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