East Animas October 2022

The view from our local crag: East Animas – Durango, Colorado 2022

We stayed in town for am October Weekend. The plus side of that is that I can invite people over for dinner!

We are saving money, a good meal you can have with friends and family is mussels. A bag costs 12 dollars even from our best Meat and Seafood Market, Sunnyside. And you just cook it up in white wine, butter, shallots and Parsley. We served ours with homemade French bread. And there you have it a meal for four people that costs under 30 dollars and feels like a real treat.

The next morning we went out to East Animas. We climbed Spike, a 5.7 East A. The route is old school so it likely feels a lot harder than a 5.7. But, it has plenty of room to place cams and there is an interesting horizontal crack in the middle with a juggy lieback top out.

After we had planned on doing triple tree, but we stumbled upon a route we hadn’t tried. My partner bravely did the lead only to find out that the section between the crack and the bolt was flexing and loose. At the top of the crack he placed several nuts and made an anchor.

Once we were home, my partner looked up the route. Apparently if you go far right you can avoid the sketchy rock. I don’t think we will be attempting another summit. And for anyone local there is some booty out there for your efforts.

All in all, a nice relaxing day. We ended it at our local brewery few blocks up that allows dogs. It’s not the Creek, but sometimes you make do.

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