Time flies here in the US. Tomorrow it has already been a week since we arrived and each day has so far been an adventure. The first couple of days we where hanging out around Boulder, climbing in Cleer creak canyon and Eldorado canyon. It was good to get the body going a bit and shake some of the jetlag.
Said catching up with Christian Griffith on a walk between the Verve office and Christians house in Eldorado canyon.
Said has been introducing me to many interesting people. Supermotivated climbers who are dedicating their whole lifes to the rocks. For some, this devotion has turned them in to legends as they have been part of making the sport (or whatever it is) what it is today. Meeting these guy’s and being at the crags around here, is definetely giving me some perspective of things. Seing how strong people are is mindblowing to say the least. It’s also really fun to watch Said climb. I’m sorry to say that I believe the Swedish climbing community is not aware of what an incredible athlete we got in this man.
Sam Elias climbing Slice of life 5.13d/8b (Rifle) on his second attempt.
Over the weekend we payed our first visit to Rifle. A hotspot for sportclimbing in the US. The two days climbing there was humbling for sure. I’d heard a lot about this place, about the very tricky style of climbing which makes it close to impossible to climb well without beta. Due to this I off course tried to lower my expectations, but I guess no matter how hard you try not to put preasure on your self, you will still allways have some hopes on doing well. These hopes of mine however, was brutaly crushed within the first day. I’m not sure if me climbing poorly had much to do with the climbing being harder than in any other crag I’ve visited for the first time. It allways takes some time to get in to climbing at a new spot and I am really looking forward to returning as I feel this is a place where I can develop a lot as a climber. We’ll be going back in a day or two, after having enjoyed some much needed rest back here in Boulder.
Said redpointing Vision thing 5.13b/8a (Rifle).