Sunday, September 9, 2012


Went up to Squat for the first time in almost 6 years and finally sent.  It was the first OW roof that I ever tried to lead and it was nice to come back to it and feel solid.

Here's a short video of it:

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Wideness in the Voo

I am back at work, cranking out 70 hour weeks, and did a shift from 6 pm to 6 am last night with the wolf pack.  Lazy day today.

Anyways, a few weeks back I did a cool trip to Vedauwoo and got to climb some cool routes and climb with some cool people.  The people I got to see and climb with included Pamela Pack, Zach and Racheal the local guidebook authors, Matt and Molly the OWers and Nathan and Jim photo/ film guys and climbers.

All in all it was a great trip and alot of cool stuff happened.  Pamela established one of the sickest offwidths I have ever seen.  Matt got the ultimate sandbag tour, and I got to try a few old routes and a few new ones.

The crew hanging out as Matt prepared for Burning Man.  An all out Ved classic and cool spot to hang out.

Pamela helping me figure out the beta on the Glass Hummingbird.

Pamela showing how its done on Vedauwoo's burliest offwidth roof, the Forever War. (photo Zach O)

Nathan Smith sinks some steel on a soon to be new route.

Jim Aikman doing his thing

The Glass Hummingbird

Matt Cool on Burning Man (pic by Molly C)

A shout out to Pamela from the strongest man alive!

A flash of Lucile

Beginning the battle on the Forever War

An attempt on New Mutant (photo Nathan Smith)

Molly Chambers, in the chamber of Right Parellel Space.

OW's and Jim Beam?!  ofcourse!

Matt gunning for the second ascent of Empty Suit, great job man!

Matt again on Penetration

River crossings

Pamela crushing Simiantics

Pam on More crystal than...

Me on the same.

All in all a great trip with some good repeats and some even cooler new ones!  Thanks for letting me borrow some shots, Matt, Zach, and Nathan. 

Check out Pamela and Matt's blogs for more details as I turned this into more of a photo blog today...



Thursday, April 26, 2012


Climbed in Vedauwoo last weekend.  Worked and scoped a couple "secret" projects, and got an onsight of "Iron Maiden", an Andy Johnson masterpiece.  Its a very good route and a great example of the potential still available at the Voo.

An offwidth gangster keeping a low profile...

One project is an amazing offwidth roof at a terrible angle that I found last season hidden deep in the woods and brought Pamela to on Saturday.  The pysche was high and she managed to TR it cleanly on her second go, crazy!  I couldn't touch this thing last season on mini trax, but made much better progress this round with good beta and encouragement from below, though still have quite a ways to go.  Its a crazy hard inversion and shuffle at a 60 degree angle and should be the hardest wide thing in the voo.  The lead will be quite sketchy though, as the angle will almost certainly secure a head banger if you blow the crux.  Head bangin' heavy metal!!!!!

The next project is a huge finger crack roof that i also scoped last season and is beyond my capacity. (5.14?)  I think if Pee-Wee comes back through he's gotta check it, but for now, Im gonna keep it DL and flop around it a few more times before writting it off.  Its amazing though, and probably one of the most spectacular lines in all the Voo.

The project that I am most psyched on (read doable .12ish).  Is a flared seam to offwidth and squeeze, that is kinda steep and very asthetic.  Its on a somewhat obscure crag and is a very obvious line.  There is another cool undone steep hand crack right next to it.  Its crazy how much potential is available at Vedauwoo.  And there's more....

So besides a fair amount of hiking and scoping new stuff, I also got to check out Andy Johnson's masterpiece, Iron Maiden, (5.11) that has only had one previous repeat (Pamela) since the first ascent that I or Pamela know of.  It's touted as more difficult than Lucile, with a very similar crux lip and flared finish.  Its an amazing route, that is flared, sharp and steep; its certainly a classic and deserves more action.  link to the beta on the proj, and the video of the onsight below.

All in all a very great weekend, with many things on the list both thin and wide.



Friday, March 2, 2012


Here's a (bad) profile picture of a route that Pamela sent last spring that I helped establish.

A find that looks much easier than it actually climbs.

Its baggy sixes in an overhanging corner, to run out squeeze, and finally a 9" wide 12' long roof.  The start and finish are the cruxes and it clocks in around .11+ or maybe a shade harder.  Its only 50', looks easy (haha), is a 1 minute flat hike from the road and is just down from newspaper rock towards the creek.  Get some!!

sent the same day as the red point of EHs second pitch.  props!!!!!


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Go Spuds Go!

Here's a short video from last summer on the Craig Luebben unsung classic Go Spuds Go!  (5.12a), seems kind of stout and maybe short enough to boulder if you hike enough pads up the 2 mile approach.....


Saturday, February 18, 2012

The color of 1987

Patagonia just put a shot of Pamela and I hanging out (and looking straight out of the eighties) on there website.

borrowed from

"After a drizzly start, Patrick Kingsbury and Pamela Shanti Pack hope to see the light on Dark Passenger (5.12). Long Canyon, Utah. " ~ from there site and photo by Andrew Burr aka the MOGWIDTH.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Craig Luebben's Desert Offwidths and Beyond

A couple seasons ago Pamela Pack and Andrew Burr came up with a good ol' desert challenge and tribute.  To climb Craig's top 10 offwidth FA's in the desert ;and asked if I was interested.  I couldn't say no, but was some what skeptical at the same time as Craig defined offwidth and his routes are a testament to what is possible in the world of wide.  We dubbed the challenge the 10 x 10 and weren't quite sure what we were getting ourselves into...

The list... (they're mostly 5.11s, how bad could it be?!)

With everything on a single peice of paper and thinking we would cruize these things we felt pretty good about the idea at first. 

We started in the creek with the Dentist Chair and the Tooth Fairy and hit a slight bump in the road when Pam fractured her hand on the second route of the trip.... 

Maybe we could start over on the 10 day rule? 

With some rest, very quick healing time! and lots of tape we relocated up to Moab where the majority of the challenge sat in empty canyons.

We went to Long Canyon and climbed the Done-Lubin' and would later set others up top ropes and sandbag leads while we worked on the more difficult lines around the corner being the Mayor and Ralph.  By now the ten day rule was far out the window, but finishing or atleast trying all of Craig's routes was still on. 

The Mayor in all of its glory

We took a break from the empty long canyon where we would be the only climbers but sometimes would see the random jeeper and once saw Pam's buddy Isaac cruizing through on his dirt bike with his gang.  We went to River Road and up to the Sorcerer.

Two routes ascend the sorcerer; we were psyched to do them both, decided to replace all the old belay anchors and fix lines for Andrew all over this thing.  It took a bit of work and so did the climbing.

The common final pitch suited me as there is a bit of height needed on some of the moves and Pamela had some serious doubts, but we kept hiking up there day after day.  The last time we went up there, Pam hiked it and I think suprised herself.  Bad Ass!

The very serious Pamela Pack trying to avoid pitch 3 at all costs...

After swearing of the Sorcerer and the Crossing for the season we found ourselves back in Longs for one more route before we had to bail for other commitments.

Dragon's Lair  is obvious from the road and is also VERY obvious that you don't get much gear after about the first 50 feet on this monster of a route.  It was a calm hot day, and this thing was cooking in the sun, so Pamela and I sat in the shade and threw small rocks at a target for a solid 2 hours waiting for the shade and an attempt on this beast.

Waiting for the shade

After the route hit the shade I easily "floated" (inside joke) this beast in just under 90 minutes and was only completely stuck for 30 of those short minutes.  Pamela then ran up the thing in less than 15 minutes and we walked out in the dark.  It must be easier for girls or something.  haha

A season later we were back.

We had a good chunk of the routes done, but still had a few to go.

We ended up spending 3 or 4 trips in Longs looking for the infamous Slither and Scream, which we assure you doesn't actually exist, but settled for something that looked like it might be it at the time.... well sort of.  With more than alittle pressure from Burr and Pamela, I racked up under a mega long chimeny system and set off into the unknown for what seemed like an eternity.  The climb turned out to be good in the classic old school no pro feeling that it should.  Burr got some shots and we walked out tired in the dark.

Burr rapping down with camera gear and the drill.  He chucked the rock we used for the hammer.

With 8 down, we only had 2 to go.  The amazing Sidewinder, and the casual? Offwidths are Beautiful

Sidewinder is way up in Longs Canyon, and simply put, is amazing.  Its 160 feet of burl and helping put the enormous sling of gear onto Pam's shoulder, I think we both wondered how she was going to leave the belay ledge or let alone climb!  Its a tough pitch that took Craig alot of time to finish and even developed a new technique for; but Pam did awesome on it, and Burr got amazing shots.  Its a route that I know we both want to go back to for sure and is easily one of Craigs proudest in the desert.

Mike Clelland, Climbing Magazine

Last on the list that we once thought would be done in less than two weeks, to thinking we would never finish was Offwidths are Beautiful.  Its located on river road, just outside of Moab on a detached and astethetic pillar.  Perhaps the most impressive thing about that day was the new route that Burr established on the analog crack that was done mostly solo until I put him on belay for a 20 foot pendulum out of a sandbox and onto the ledge system that connected to the route proper.

It turns out that OWs are Beautiful isn't as easy as one would expect, (Craig puked on it!) but it does live up to its name.  Its a CLASSIC and is easily 4 more stars than the route known as Mogwidths are Beautiful, probably 5 more actually.

With the list complete and pics taken Pamela wrote an amazing story about it for Climbing Magazine and it should be on the shelves any day now.  It was a good adventure, and the first question asked at the end of the day was "what's next?", I guess thats always  the question.

A preview shot from Climbing Magazine on FB

and a link to Pamela's blog about it also

Cheers to the goodtimes,


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Crack of Doom

This somewhat obscure project became kind of infamous in Montana (or atleast in my mind), as it was located in the most popular bouldering venue in the state; Whiskey Gulch.  The Crack of Doom was put in the bouldering guide, (which was later included in the Butte guide) named and even given the grade of (5.13!) even though no one had ever been on it before.  (we did our fair share of research, but if you know anything, speak up!)

an attempt from a few years ago

The route is steep, around 45 degrees and goes from a seam with a few tight hand pods to a flared fists, offwidth and squeeze in about 45 feet.  Short, but fierce, with the bottom flared hands being the crux.

Steep little beast

Anyways after 4 days over a few years, 30 + attempts and lots of flopping around like a fish, I finally got up it.  The main concern was that the crux was super low and above uneven ground.  After the first piece there isnt much to work with until after the crux and decking wasn't really in the cards for me.  I could place a bolt or a pin i suppose, but didn't have either with, and there was the RARE chance that it had been done before so I didn't want to dumb it down for a second ascent.  I DID however fix a nut with a sling hitched to it from the key lock crack above and hung a combo draw from it prior the lead.  I know, I know, chicken sh!t, bull sh!t, but better than decking on my one day off from work.  I left the nut and sling hanging and if you are so inclined you can skip it, booty it, or try it like i did. What ever you want.  All other gear was placed on lead.

                       Here's a short vid of the send, well the bottom crux anyways and the sling in question.  Above the route backs down to .11+ offwidth and I couldn't feel my right arm at the top of the climb.


As for grade, name or whatever....  Im not going to rename the thing even though Crack of Doom is more famous in the City of Rocks than it is in some gulch in Montana, BUT it is known to all that frequent the area, majority carrying pads and climbing V-hard.  I think from the ground .13 was a good guess, but think that .12d or so is a bit more on. 

Thanks to Tom for going out there over and over with me even though we barely bouldered, Trevor for holding the rope on the send and following it CLEAN and Ty, Hutch and everyone else who helped keep the pysche up!



Sunday, January 15, 2012

Creekage (part 2)

Downloaded a few pics from Joshs Camera (all pictures courtesy of Josh Hood)  and edited the few video clips of the "Half Shark, Half Alligator, Man" attempts together. (vid by Ty Gittins)

"Cougar Hunter", Cat Wall

A find of Trevors and obvious from the parking lot/ road.

Baggy Sixes through a small roof, to a difficult size similar to the "Dunn-Luebben" and then run-out squeeze and body size chimney to the top.  30 odd meters.

Just below the awkward crux

"Dunn- Luebben" esque size

and then alittle bit of sidewinding until you can dive in

"Catamean", Cat Wall

This thing was full of loose blocks, but cleaned up to be a good little bouldery type Offwidth/ Squeeze through a decent sized roof. A short route and also obvious from the parking lot/ road.

just a couple small blocks...

The crux pivot. 

Cheap skate alert... single bolt anchor.  (only brought 3 bolts up for some reason that day)  Add one if you so desire, or i will in the future.

Tried the "Half Shark, Half Alligator, Man" for a day and a half.... close but no cigar.

Entering the crux layback...

And the short vid edit....

No shots of the other two projects, as they are TOP SECRET!!!!

Trevor super psyched for yet another lap on Binou's


Saturday, January 14, 2012

New Year, New Blog

Not sure why I started this, but we will see how it goes.

I went to the creek over the holidays after visiting my folks for christmas, golfing and horse race action...(broke even!)

I flew back after a great week with the folks and drove over to meet Trevor and Josh who had been in moab for a week already and Ty coming down a few days later.

The Creek was totally empty for the most part, minus new years weekend. But we had our cliff of choice empty nearly everyday that we went up. Cat Wall, Scarface, Donnelly and The Battle. Cold nights, but perfect temps during the day.

   Trevor on the Swedin' Ringle

We we did some milage (3-4 pitches a day! ha!!), looked for new routes, tried some projects and drank a fair amount of 3.2 beer... go figure.  We did 2 new routes,  got the first pitch established on what will prove to be a difficult offwidth roof above, and Trevor worked an amazing finger crack project that we couldn't believe hadn't been done before, so good.

Blue Collar Burlfest

          Josh after free handing the "tower of death"!!!!!!!!!!

We did a couple days in Donnelly Canyon as I picked a cool/ wierd project (half shark, half alligator man) and we repeated Trevors "Twitterpatted" and way too many laps on Binous.....

The Shark
the whip, (photo by: hood)

and a link to a vid of the whip (ill figure that step out next...)

Leaving the "Super Bowls, Super Bowl"