Brian..... Before climbing Olympus we had asked around to see if anyone else had been up there during winter conditions. We wanted to know just what we were getting into. No one really knew if it had been done. We also didn't get a response after because the Tribune had interviewed us with a write up about all the commotion. Both Mark and I had climbed the slabs the summer before and thought then it would be fun to try during winter conditions. Looking back I don't think it was anything too challenging other than a cute story.
Bouldering was a great time to socialize and hone in our skills. Probably no different than today except that we did it with a top rope and didn't have all those foamies littering the place that you have today. The boulder you mentioned I think I can picture but without knowing for sure I would be reluctant to say. They really hadn't been named. Could you email me a photo?
Loved Bells Canyon but I don't remember all the routes we did. Doesn't say much about me or the canyon. Sorry. I do remember that Bill and I had climbed all the Bells and the Middle Bell stands out by the McQuarrie/Ellsworth. I remember leading the traverse under the overhang and it was loaded with loose rock, kind of like walking on ball bearings. You guys should have it worn down by now. I was really fortunate to have Bill as a climbing partner and a friend. We paired up well in ability and goals..... and he had a car. smiles..... Did get up into the Lone Peak area but didn't climb any significant rock. Best of times were during overnight winter ski tours but in my case it was on snowshoes. I was never far behind or I wouldn't have been asked back.
Thanks Paul, the Standard Overhang is the first bolder you pass on the right as you enter the Gate bouldering area. The overhang faces you as you enter. Sorry I don't have any pictures. Who were some of the other guys you climbed/bouldered with?
Brian..... I gotta smile. When I was climbing in LCC I don't remember a gate at the bouldering area you're referring to. In those days there was a pull off on the side of the road that just a few vehicles could park. I think the boulder you're talking about would have been further back in the scrub and off the trail that we used as access to the main area. I did top rope Mark on some of the boulders back in there but without knowing for sure I am reluctant say. I went looking on the satellite map to become familiar with todays gate area and was sadly surprised by what they have done to the canyon. It's a real shame with all the new road scars that traverse up to the rock walls.
My favorite bouldering area was on the other side of creek. As I remember you had to cross the creek by walking over by a large pipe guided out with cable. Once across I think you went down stream. Bill and I had the place to ourselves and in the summer it was shaded. Later on we got chased out because of a private property issue.
Early on I climbed with Carl Dunn at Pete's Rock and BCC. In LCC I mostly climbed with Bill but also climbed with Lenny Nelson, Ed Anderson, Steve Ellsworth and Ron Perla but I mostly climbed with Ron in the Tetons and one trip up into Canada. I also climbed a few times with John Reed in LCC with one trip into Yosemite. I toured and caved with Alexis Kelner.