Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Spire Completion, Butte Bouldering Bash, and the First Ice of the Season

Spire Climbing Center Grand re-Opening!

We completed the remodel of Spire Climbing Center in Bozeman this fall.  We had a grand reopening of the gym complete with a ribbon-cutting from 30 feet in the air!  It was great for me to be a part of this remodel project, and it feels good to see the gym in all its glory and people having fun climbing on it!
Here are some pictures I took throughout the summer as we made progress on the gym.

Jeff Ho cutting the ribbon on the Grand Reopening night with a sweet dyno from the roof.

Climbers on the new wall on opening night!  (props to the route setters)


Fall time in the mountains of Montana

Bridget and I tried finding some ice a few weekends ago to climb.  We wanted to go rock climbing but the weather had other plans as it snowed around 20 inches.  We basicly stumbled over slick, snow covered rock looking for ice.  We found a little ice to climb and a loose gully that was around M4 (short section).  We ended the weekend by bouldering on the perfect granite boulders in the Rock Creek Drainage.

Truck camping breakfast of champions

The best part was bouldering in the sun with crisp temps.

Bridget sending a John Gill problem near the road


 The Butte Bouldering Bash also occured last weekend.  I love going to this low key event (where dogs almost out number the climbers!).  This year the event was held at a new sector of boulders (the Trailer Boulders).  Rusty Willis and I manned the Sportiva booth and went bouldering throughout the day.  The new area is sweet, with high quality problems of all grades.

Good temps

good food and fun crowd

Rusty Willis sending a cobble arete

Keeping warm in the Sportiva booth.  Photo by Thomas Kingsbury

Cheers, Loren