Rock Road Trip: Part 2

Castle Rock and Castlewood Canyon

We decided to drive south of Denver to my aunts place in Castle Rock to shower and take an off day or two. Though we ended up going out to Castlewood Canyon for a short bouldering session one day. The stone out there is pretty unique. It is a conglomerate stone, which is really interesting to climb on.


Up was easy

Down, not so easy

Linus getting schooled by a V0
While we were there we also experienced a freak storm system. Large amounts of hail fell for nearly 5 hours leaving a path of destruction everywhere. It has been a long time since I have been in the middle of a flash flood warning, tornado warning, and thunderstorm warning. There was still drifts of hail on the ground the next morning when we left for Boulder.

Hail

Specimen 



Boulder

We cruised up to Boulder, mainly because I was slated to take the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor course, however we also plan to do a number of snow and rock climbs in the area as well. The SPI course went well and I learned a lot of new techniques. Many knowledge bombs were dropped on my head. Needless to say the 3 day course left me a bit wore out. Below are a few photos from the course.



Demo lead


Hanging out


Haul systems