After a week of puttering around on the HWY 20 boulder we decided to head up to the Snowshed Boulders to escape the mosquitoes and climb some new problems. To our surprise the snow (that we had previously spent a couple hours shoveling) was gone!
Still skeptical about the rest of the drive up to the Saddles we played it safe and climbed around the Snowshed for a bit before a local informed us that the road was good to go and he was headed there that evening.
We took advantage of the psych and the local beta, driving the next three miles through wet, tagged up train tunnels until emerging on a dirt road along a ridge overlooking Donner Lake.
When we reached the boulders it felt like we had finally made it to the promised land. That old familiar psych began to creep back into me, and I knew we had found our summer spot.
This area is far better than I had hoped. Comfy jug warm ups, crimpy test pieces, longer power endurance hauls, and plenty of tension make for a great place to get back into shape for real boulder problems (i.e. not ridiculously hard one or two movers into V0's) offering a wide range of classics from moderate to project including Midnight Train, a V7 that rivals High Plains Drifter in quality and flow of movement.
With just over two weeks left here and a suddenly a lot of amazing problems to do it's going to be hard to take a rest day.
Which way to the foam party?
Lib on the ever-frustrating Kito Slab V5.
The opening move of both Midnight Train V7 and Hobo V8.
Reeling in the swing.
Heading out right on Hobo.
Ramping up the tension on Nietzsche Girls V9.