Jimmy and I hiked up to Chaos yesterday to check the condition of a few boulders. Turns out things are looking up. In lower Chaos the v10 Marble is climbable and the sit start, Centaur, would be as well with an hour or so of digging. With a little work the problems to the right, Handicapps and Gangbang, would be climbable as well. Jimmy and I spent about an hour and a half digging on The Automator and with a little more work it will be climbable along with Tommy's Arete.
We continued up to Middle Chaos to check out Top Notch (v13) and we arrived to find it completely buried in snow. Bummer...
Not to be discouraged we broke out the shovel and started digging toward the distant, but visible, start holds. Three hours later a spiral staircase fell into a 12 foot pit surrounding the boulder and we were booting up to try the thing. We didn't have a camera but we snapped a couple photos of the hole with my phone:
After nearly climbing the boulder about 20 times last year, Jimmy destroyed it second try from the bottom and after not being able to do the moves last year I fell three times from the last one. I was very happy to see the progression.
Afterwards, we headed up to the Green 45 to try Jade... But it was too hot so we focused some attention on Don't Get Too Greedy (v13). After falling several times from the final move Jimmy managed to eek out a send and I, for the second time in a day, punted from the last move about 5 times. It was a fun day, one of the best in a while. I can't wait to get back and finish the two of these off.