More Ticks of Colorado's Hardest Boulders


Kevin Jorgeson writing his Ode to the Modern Man (V14), Mt. Evans, Colorado. Photo by Scott Neel.

More Ticks of Colorado's Hardest Boulders

Two of Colorado’s hardest boulder problems have each gotten a third ascent. Paul Robinson made the third ascent of Jade (V15) in Rocky Mountain National Park, after six days of work on the line. The climb was first done by Daniel Woods in June, and then repeated by Tyler Landman in early August.

Robinson, 20, also recently repeated Freaks of the Industry (V13) in a day and established his own V13, Don’t Get Too Greedy, both in Rocky Mountain National Park.

On Mt. Evans, west of Denver, 22-year-old Kevin Jorgeson repeated Woods’ Ode to the Modern Man (V14) in just two days of attempts. During a visit to Colorado, the Californian fell from the top moves on Ode on just his second try, ripping open two fingers in the process. He returned home and immediately booked a flight back to Colorado two weeks later. “After waking up at 5 a.m., hopping on a 7 a.m. flight, arriving in Colorado around 11, and getting to the boulders around 3, I was still very psyched,” he said. “As the temperatures dropped when the sun set behind the mountains, I pulled onto the rock and simply refused to let go.” Jorgeson made about a dozen attempts on the line in all.

Jorgeson, who also has repeated The Swarm (V14) near Bishop, California, said this was his hardest climb yet.

Dates of Ascents: August 23 (Jade); August 24 (Ode to the Modern Man), Kevin Jorgeson

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