After purchasing two ‘Briefcase Pads’ from Organic Climbing USA, Bill Brooks and I trekked into Eldorado Canyon excited to try a few bouldering problems. With evening nearing, we skirted under the Wind Tower and crossed over to the Redgarden Wall. After a short warm-up, Bill sent the ‘Redgarden Travese’, 150+ feet of V2. Several crux sections along the traverse hover over sharp rocks, so I stayed in front of Bill’s progress by covering the angled rocks with the lightweight, ‘Organic Briefcase Pads’. We then hit several overhanging problem on the backside of the upper and lower Whale’s Tail.
I have been bouldering in Eldorado Canyon for over 20 years, and although I have never read about these classic problems, I did meet a local who called the lower overhang ‘Helm’s Deep’. I had already managed to traverse this problem starting right and also reversed it from the left.
With two Briefcase Pads in sync, Bill kept me safe by tossing the pads like playing cards as I crimped, and heal-hooked through the flakes lapping Helm’s Deep three times. Two days later we tackled the Bastile Traverse and once again we opted for the Organic Pads. While Bill attempted to link the moves on the ‘Micro Traverse’, I got the hang of what we coined the ‘Organic Toss’.
After almost 2 years of use, I find that Organic Climbing USA offers a high degree of custom craftsmanship. Organic Climbing encourages climbers to express their personality by offering a color plan of your choosing. Best of all the pads are made with a hard-wearing, ballistic nylon shell, and if this is not enough, the pads are hand made right here in the USA. On the landing side, the 36” x 24” x 3” Cordura nylon does the trick for quick sessions; the landings are supportive and yielding at the same time. I’m looking forward to adding the Organic, ‘Full Pad’ this Spring.
You can check out organicclimbing.com and order the pad best suited for your next bouldering project.
Reviewer: Lou Renner, International Mountain and Climbing Guide for 30 years and Contributing MyClimb Writer