My forthcoming book about climbing in Colorado
Heidi Knapp of Sharp End Publishing designed the initial version of book covers which I’ll share here. That’s my son Tristan climbing in Eldorado Canyon at the upper right and Leo Paik’s daughters, Jaclyn and Kira climbing at Lumpy Ridge, at the bottom. At the time Jaclyn was 7, Kira was 9, and their 2-year old sister Erin accompanied them to the base of the climb – no mean feat, considering the 30 – 40 minute hike in to the Pear!
Leo’s friend led the route and belayed the two girls up the first pitch of this five-pitch route while Tristan patiently belayed me as I climbed up and down to shoot pictures of both girls. This climb, Gina’s Surprise, is an amazing easy 5.4 route up a huge dike on perfect granite surrounded by spectacular scenery.
Erin Paik, 2, at the base of Gina’s Surprise
Seeing the title in print like that reminded me of a comment my late friend Charlie Fowler made,
“Of course, I only climb with family and friends. Guessing you may want to include my route “Family Values” above Telluride. Yeah the bouldering around here is endless, I’ll give you the tour, along with the family-friendly crags.”
I’ll miss Charlie, and unfortunately my book will not include his family-friendly crags near Telluride.
The book is due to come out in spring of 2007 and will include eight of Colorado’s climbing areas plus Vedauwoo, which although in Wyoming is actually a shorter drive from many Front Range towns than is Penitente or Unaweep.
I’ll post pictures of the other areas in future posts.