Last Day of Filming

Friday was the last day of filming.  Matt, Drew and Will met Jared and Chris in Archangel early. They did some shooting on Fly Right boulder and then headed over to Niffleheim where  Chris B, Elijah, Tanya and I met them.  We warmed up for a bit while Chris shot whomever was climbing on either Euphoria (the arete left of Niffleheim) or Seasons in the Mist (prow to the right,sort of, of Niffleheim).  Matt also took some medium/large format stills. 

Drew and I played on Niffleheim for a bit, and actually made some real progress. I linked through the 3rd move, and felt pretty good until I tweaked my hamstring.  I’ve never tweaked a leg muscle climbing, which says something about the tension I was putting on that leg… Anyway, I’m super psyched to work Niffleheim this fall after my Squamish trip, maybe it’ll go :) 


Todd on Niffleheim - Photo by Matt Lowber

After a bit we headed down to Easy Groovin Boulder(this one is in the lower meadow below Niffleheim and to the left of Muffin Man) to play on some stuff Chris B, Elijah, and Tanya had never been on, and stuff I hadn’t climbed for about 10 years.  We did three lines there, with one of them being an outstanding v3 starting off a high sloper, reaching to a good sidepull and then standing tall for the top.  After this Tanya and Elijah headed out to pick up Sue, while Chris and I headed to Fly right boulder.  While Chris did Straighten Up and Fly Right, I cleaned and climbed a stand start to the right on a couple small crimps in the face – Drinking Rum and Cola-v5/6ish. 

I also went back down to an arete downhill from Fly Right Boulder (toward the Diamond) and climbed a line Drew and I had cleaned the previous week.   Special Sauce starts low on the arete and pulls onto the slab via a couple of underclings.  A few very thin moves on the slab get you to the top.  A little bit scary and needs a bit more cleaning.  It felt quite hard, and was maybe about v6ish. 

Sue and Tanya showed up so we played on Prism Boulder to warm up and get familiar with Hatcher friction before heading back to a really nice, but reachy v3/4ish line on the southeast corner of the Fly Right Boulder.  After we worked this for a bit we had to go (nice send Tanya).  Overall a decent day with a couple of new lines. 

Although the filming was fun, I feel like it took quite a bit of time out for me from putting up new stuff.  I’m looking forward to getting out developing again this fall, as doing problems I’ve never been on is what drives me to climb, not repeating the same thing over and over.