Megan Mascarenas: Getting Back Outdoors

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As the temperatures in Colorado continue to get warmer, and the days get longer, I am psyched to get back outside on some real rocks! Keeping up this school, training, and competitions has left me very little time for getting outside over the past several months. With the bulk of that accomplished, I look forward to upcoming trips to Newlin Creek, CO the most. With the last of the snow finally beginning to melt off the boulders, it’s time to get back on my favorite project, the Nickness. The Nickness seems to have it all in one climb; a core intensive roof, large pinched, and small crimps that flowing up a powerful bulge. Over the winter I was disappointed when the snow covered valleys of Newlin shut us out of the climbing areas. But now that the temps have warmed back up I am psyched to continue working on The Nickness again. Over all these years of my climbing there is only one climb that has truly fascinated me. The DFS in Ute Pass has become my passion, and my enemy. I’ve have known this climb since before I can remember. When I was very young I would joke that I was going to do this climb someday. For a three and half foot tall kid, this climb seemed impossible; there were no holds in sight! Every time I passed DFS I would jump on the start holds and run my hands along the long blank face that was “the climb.” I would laugh and imagine flying up the wall, kind of like a ninja, when I dreamed. The last time I got to try it though, I felt for the first time it was somehow possible.  Every move was now do-able; it was just a matter of connecting them. I have a small superstition that good sends go at midnight or when it’s snowing. With that in mind, I am waiting for that last snowy day in April to go try, even if that provides nothing more than mental encouragement. This could just be the month for my first v12! Climbing in Colorado is different than anywhere else I have climbed. There is something so special about the pure edges of granite, the cool fresh air, and lack of oxygen associated with higher altitude climbing in general! I can’t wait!