New routes, ice festivals, and the search for winter! | Team Mammut

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New routes, ice festivals, and the search for winter!

Home on the range in the South Fork Valley
©Doug Shepherd
It was a crazy winter this year, from work to a weeks of 60-70F weather in Colorado.  The search for ice required some early mornings, driving, and crazy ideas - but that's what makes it fun!
Here's a selection of my favorite photos from new routes, repeats, and great times with friends from this season!

Myself putting up a new route in the South Fork Valley
©Aaron Mulkey

"Approaches" in Cody usually look a lot easier than they are.
©Doug Shepherd

Aaron topping out on another first ascent
©Doug Shepherd
Nabbing a sunrise and before-work ascent of the Rocky Mountain National Park classic "The Squid"
©Tim Dittman
Rob Smith checking out the mixed start to the Alex Lowe Rocky Mountain National Park test-piece "Hot Doggie"
©Doug Shepherd

Marcus Donaldson dodging rocks on "Goodnight Irene" - San Juan choss-climbing at its finest
©Doug Shepherd
My intermediate mixed climbing always has a great view of the competition!
©Doug Shepherd 
Phil Wortmann pulling onto the curtain of Jeff Lowe's inspirational "Octopussy"
©Doug Shepherd
Kurt Ross hiding from the wind at our local dry-tooling crag in Rocky Mountain National Park
©Doug Shepherd

Rigging up top-ropes and guide's lines for Paradox Sports - one of my favorite weekends of the year
©Alison Shepherd 
A snowy stompy at the Ouray Ice Festival
©Alison Shepherd
Chris Sheridan and I following the roof traverse on "The Ole #6" on Pikes Peak
©Phil Wortmann

Doug Shepherd
Denver, CO