Sunday, October 31, 2010

Canadians and October Climbing

Ken's Canadian friends Mariana and James stopped by for a week's visit mid-October. They are making a farewell tour through North America before moving to New Zealand. The climbing portion of their trip included stops in Ten Sleep, Missoula and Smith Rock.

Mariana and James have been following the blog from the beginning, and it was great to finally give them a tour of the North Rim in person. It was a busy weekend day up there, which, we are learning, is becoming fairly common. Here are some pictures from Sunday, October 10th. All images except Ali the Dog courtesy of James.

Tick Farm Climbers

James Leading No Dick Tick

Ali the Dog - Smallest Hiker Award

The Ledge Beneath Tiger Stripe Wall

Climber on Ticked Off

First moves of a long journey
Dane Scott beginning QED-MF

Zoe and Ken

Friday, October 29, 2010

New Guide Is Available

We are excited to announce the 2nd edition of the Mill Creek North Rim guide! An electronic version is available for viewing and download at this link. We will also maintain a permanent link in the sidebar on the right.

The new edition contains all 20 routes currently established at the North Rim. There are 23 pitches of climbing with grades ranging from 5.7 to 5.12b.

We continue to be psyched by the popularity of the crag. Thanks to everyone who's hiked up the trail and checked it out. We hope the new guide serves you well!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ten Sleep Challenge

Center El Shinto, French Cattle Ranch Sector

Ten Sleep, Wyoming was certainly the place to go this summer, and not just for the Missoula crew who made repeat trips. Seems other Montana locales were also driving to the Big Horns and pulling on the Dolomite.

Local Ten Sleep climber Ali Rainey posted an end-of-summer top 10 report on the Petzl blog. In it, she had this to say,
6. Bozeman climbers--wow. They are STRONG! I’ve never seen so many peeps who can throw down 5.13+ so quickly who aren’t from Boulder or Salt Lake City. It’s not a big city (about 40,000 people). I’m impressed. I wish I knew all of their names to list, but I don’t. Suffice it to say, watch out for the Bozeman climbing crowd.

If ever there was a challenge, there it is! Come on, Missoula climbers. The winter training season is just around the corner. Get your psyche on, get strong, and next year, it's on to Ten Sleep to represent!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lost and Found

A couple of items have been reported found.

Found at the North Rim climbs: a nice pair of sunglasses. Thanks to Scott for reporting these.

Found in Blodgett, Parking Lot Wall on "Graupel Wars:" a nice draw. Thanks to Brian and Carlene for this one.

If either are yours, send an email to millcreeknorthrim at gmail with a detailed description of the item and we'll hook you up.