21 July 2006

Climbing at Lime Park

Last weekend, the temps were too high to stay home so we headed high. We headed up to Lime Park Friday evening. We drove in from the Eagle, North, side. It's a looonng way in on bumpy dirt roads. We found a nice camp next to Lime Creek and settled in for the night. I wish I had pictures but I forgot the camera. Lime Park is a large meadow surrounded by aspen and spruce. It doesn't get much better. Only the next day did we find out about the nasty biting flies ...

Next day, we climbed on the shady, West, side in the morning. Even at 9200 ft, it was shaping up to be a warm day. Without a guide, we had to guestimate the routes from below. We climbed a nice 5.9, two ok 5.10s w/ gravelly topouts, and 2 more excellent 5.10s. This limestone was not like Shelf Road. It reminded Mia & I of the limestone around Berchtesgaden, Germany - Mia's hometown. Lot's of slopers and sidepulls. After lunch, we climbed on a NE facing wall on the other side of the valley. I pulled through an excellent 5.11a. We also did a mediocre 5.10 to the left of it. Seven was enough for a day and Julia reminded us it was time for fishing.

A little pool looked like it might be full of fish ... but nothing. It was fun anyway. Next day was Julia's day. We went fishing at a better pool. We saw the fish rising but we coudn't fool them. Skunked again.

On the way home, we took the dirt road South to Thomasville, then East over Hagerman Pass. Beautiful aspen filled drive. We stopped in Leadville for ice cream!

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