Not this previous Wednesday but the one before I broke out of Missoula's vortex on a solo road trip to meet up with Scotty and Jessie who were camped out at Ten Sleep for a couple of weeks. I finished work and all my errands latyer than I wanted and made it out of town around 5:30. I had intended to make the whole 8 hour drive that night but I got sidetracked in Bozeman by some bros with beers, namely Tom K and Guy, and spent the night.
Thurday morning I woke, drank coffee with TK and hit the road for the remaining 5 hours. I arrived in town just in time to meet up with Scotty and Jessie before they hit the crag at 1:30.
Slavery Wall, Word! ALL The climbing is in the shade after 1:30 so conditions are actually quite good even though it can be 100 degrees in town. First day: warmed up on a Schools out a couple of times and then procedded to belay Scotty on Happiness in Slavery 12b. Scotty sent and I decided to give it a go. It took for fucking ever but I managed to eek out a long flash of this. What a sick route. Almost gave up. Then we hoofed it over to Jessies project at the time The Great White Behemouth 12b. Ended up flashing this one as well. Super stocked. Kinda luck in a way, so many chalked holds you never know what you're going to get. We were all pretty worked by this point and I went and flailed around on some more shit at the French Cattle Ranch= FCR and super sick streaked limestone wall. Saw Joe Kinder do some cool 14a FA and meet a load of super cool folks. Joe and his girl Friend Colette are the nicest pro's i've ever meet. Super chill and not weird at all or snobby. I wish all climbers were that nice and chill.
The next few days only yielded one route for Scotty and me Kielbasa 12c. I tried some other shit but wasn't into it.
The last and final day I was able to do two great routes on the Slavery wall with the quickness. EKV 12c and Prince Abduhla 12d both second go 4th day on. Both awesome routes. Scotty did The Prince 2nd go too. Great job Scotty!
Ten Sleep: Is sick. Climbing is awesome, The people are kick ass awesome and the camping is uber chill and free. Only thing is you have to drive to the next town for food. Plus there is a super cold creek to ice your pumped arms in and the sceenery is top-notch. Couldn't ask for much better place to go. You get to sleep in and dick around before you go climb everyday, so sweet. Likely the premier Summer climbing destination that isn't blown out and greasy as McDonalds fries covered in redneck toejam and axle grease. Oh and the guidebook is one-of-a-kind, buy it if you go. If you need beta holla at me, I'm going to try and get down there again for a 3day weekend here this month. Peace