|Staender Ridge Sunlit, 6 x 8 oil|
Things have changed since the days when I was climbing. Most of the routes look to be bolted, and a lot of climbers are top-roping. There are chalk paths up a lot of the routes... not that we never used chalk, but sheesh! We see a lot of long poles with clips at the end, whose use I can imagine, but really don't know. I miss the jingle of racks.
My artist's eye sees the rocks in a new light: where are they reddest, what shapes do they make, what are the typical climbers' poses. We leave the valley, find a place to set up that is not so difficult to access with our equipment, and do an evening painting.