Monday, September 20, 2010

Threading The Needle

         It had been raining every morning and evening in the front range of Colorado causing flooding in Denver and other towns.  Climbing seemed unrealistic.  The weather kept other climbers at home, but we decided to take our chances, and we were able to find a small window of fair weather to "thread the needle" in between storms and make an ascent of "Pervertical Sanctuary," 5.11a in Rocky Mountain National Park on the "Diamond" of Longs Peak. 
          This video is a celebration of the Diamond, which is in my opinion one of the most exquisite rock features in the United States.   From the approach hike, hunkering under boulders, avoiding lightening, deterring marmots from chewing on our gear, swimming in ice-cold lakes, to climbing one of the greatest routes in Colorado, this video highlights the entire process of climbing at 14,000 feet on the diamond.  Together, the video, animation, and unique music all created by the climbers produce a diary exemplifying the passion of two climbers playing in the mountains.

Threading The Needle from Craig Muderlak on Vimeo.



  1. Found you through Mountain Project, thanks for sharing your blog. This is one of my favorites, but all your videos and art work are great! -Whitney

  2. i like your videos, but why rate everything differently than the guidebooks do? (Naked Edge, Pervertical...) your music and art are great, but the misstating the grades seems a litle odd. Sorry for the hate though, i really did enjoy watching it.

    Just out of curiosity though, why did you rack up at the parking lot for a climb the next day on the diamond?