Well, my motivation took a blow yesterday when after meticulously following directions and mile markers to the Saddle Boulders the guidebook warned us of a seasonal stream running through an old train tunnel we were supposed to drive through. Here is what the seasonal stream turned out to look like:
More like full blown river.
Though we were bummed while backtracking the endless dirt roads there was still one other option. A 3.5 mile drive through a series of abandoned train tunnels. There was just one problem. At the end of the first tunnel we found this:
In true boulder junkie fashion, we brought snow shovels and proceeded to dig away at the dirt snow/ice bank for two hours until a group of people on ATV's drove up and informed us that there were no less than three more snow drifts after this one. With a twist of the knife they added that they were bigger as well.
In short, we left just after noon, and by the time we reversed a quarter mile out of the tunnel it was nearly 6 PM. We hadn't touched a single rock, and with the reality that probably the best bouldering area was going to be inaccessible our spirits were running low.
We also realized that with the Ronin Boulder nearly 3 hours away it looks like we'll be spending most of our time either scouring Highway 20 for new or obscure lines, or spending most of our time at Rainbow. Again if anyone has any leads on bouldering areas around here feel free to share. The psyche is still high, because after all it's still real rock. It just looks like we'll have to get a little creative.