VIDEO: BD athlete Chris Schulte battles slopers near Lake Tahoe
Black Diamond athlete Chris Schulte sent us the following note and video regarding a recent "off-season" visit to some alpine boulders near Lake Tahoe. After a bit of shoveling and cleaning Schulte scored a great repeat of what looks to be a classic line.
When it comes to bouldering on slopers, the cold can be your best friend; it’s always a shock, though, when the first snows of the season turn a fall day of bouldering into a mini-adventure filled with snowshoes, shovels, tarps and towels. Winter bouldering up high has you “earning your turns” just a bit more than usual. The snow came early to Colorado this year, just as my friend Lucas arrived from France. We got in one last session at Mt. Evans, with perfect conditions to send us out for the season. After a short trip to Hueco, I stopped by another “alpine” area just outside of Lake Tahoe for more of the same. Though the snow had been falling for several days, local Joel Zerr and I got a sparkly window on my last day in the area where we punched the clock on an amazing prow that had just gone up the prior summer, situated at the edge of a high snowy meadow. With slim directions and loaded for bear, we set out for an epic journey, instead we were gifted a five-minute approach on flat ground to an amazing boulder, with great holds, on a great day.
— Chris Schulte