Sunday, June 6, 2010

Leavenworth Psyche

Crisp breezes in golden fall and muddy rivers and wild flowers in new spring. Through these scenes we move in search of stone. Crossing rivers, fighting through brush, and hiking up hills come before climbing and that's how we like it. New challenges lurk around each corner and every monkey has a project. Leavenworth rewards a patient, creative approach. Amazing lines exist, but don't reveal themselves readily. Like many, I am passionate about it's domes, boulders, and walls.

This past spring, the psyche was nudged higher with the release of Viktor Kramer's newest edition of Leavenworth Rock. Viktor loves the canyons and it shows; Leavenworth Rock is awesome and inspiring.

Nice job Viktor!

So, if the unseasonable wet spring is getting you down, come out to the canyons and chase the rainshadow. For a little psyche I've uploaded a video shot and made by Max Hasson. Rat Creek Dome is a shady hang on the south side of the Icicle. Last season I led a fun top rope there called Codpiece Crack. Small fiddely gear and sizeable runouts made for some fun sports action. Nice work on the video Max!


Anonymous said...

holy batballs, how tall is that boulder at the end of the video!? Where did ya'll cross the river?
Great video, awesome to see rope climbing from the canyon in contrast to all the videos of "practicing" we put up on Koan, thanks for sharing!

Doug said...

Great video!

Eunic毓燕eMatte0215 said...

the food is delicious!............................................................

Eric said...

Nice going Jens! My jaw dropped a few months back when I saw the pic of you doing that on in Viktor's new book, and seeing the video just now brought it all back. I'd been wondering for years if anyone was ever going to have the head to lead that one.

-Eric (did the FFA of the TR version way back when; now forever glad I didn't bolt it)