Me at the base of the climb with a view of Estes Park below. This was as far as we got which is at the top of the tree line in the picture below. I managed to force a week smile for this picture after deciding to give up.
This is Bryce on the trail to the Sundance Buttress, the big granite dome in the distance... our intended climb.
Bryce with a view the other direction
After we got back to the car and had a sandwich I was feeling normal again so we turned to our second backup plan and headed down to The Monastery for some really great sport climbing. It's a terrible mile hike to get there but the formations were really cool, the rock is weird, and all the climbs are super high with great views. Too bad we didn't go strait there since there's enough routes to spend a few days climbing on. We got in 3 really good ones before the rain came in and we had to leave. Not quite the epic adventure we were hoping for but still really fun climbing and almost 8 miles of hiking to boot. Now I have some new goals for next year and a reason to get into better hiking shape.
Me climbing up La Maudite
Bryce on The Steeple. You can almost see the entire soles of his shoes!
Looking down at Bryce from the top of Pandora's Pebble Pinching Party Palace. It was almost as fun to climb it as it was to say it. Each of these climbs ran out our whole rope.
View from the top, Rocky Mountain National Park...and some rain clouds. Looks like it's time to go home.
Hiking back through some of the weird rock formations. There were routes going up the insides of these slots.
On our way out we saw this group climbing up this one called Tabula Rasa and it made for some cool pictures.