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Itai Axelrad

Tiger Style

Winter time in the front range can feel a bit limited, especially when attempting to socially distance. Our go-to alternative of the South Platt usually delivers. This weekend was no exception.

I had been itching to check out the proud Austin Geiman first ascent at the Eleven Mile State Park Reservoir since I first saw photos of it over a year ago. The large boulder sits at the edge of the reservoir and hosts two problems with large gymnastic moves between granite down-pulls. Hank and Ilias met us at the parking after a terrifying drive through ground blizzards beyond Kenosha Pass. I was unsure of our ability to climb in the freezing conditions, with wind chill likely pushing temperatures into the high 20’s at times. After the long and arduous trek down we decided to at least give a try.

Ground Blizzard

The boulder was thankfully slightly protected from the wind, so we began to ‘warm up’ on the easier of the two problems, Shaolin Style. The climb boils down to a single low percentage dead-point, that both Hank and I were able to finish off.

Shaolin Style, V10
Hank & Ilias looking up beta in a modern age
The girls keeping warm by the heaters

Next, we turned our attention to Tiger Style, the center and king line of the impressive boulder. Hank and Ilias tried to unlock new beta, as I threw myself at the climb. To my surprise, some ten tries later, I managed to send. My fingers were numb as I reached the last holds and turned the lip.

What an amazing climb!

Tiger Style, V13

Video of the climb can be found on our YouTube page.