Saturday, July 12, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
Hiking past minimal poison ivy got us to the base of the scrambling. We were able to solo the first pitch which was more like 'don't screw up' 4th class than the 5.6 listed on the topo. After arriving at the base of pitch 2 I took off the pack and discovered that Bill had lovingly placed a fist sized rock in my pack. Luckily I found it before we started the real climbing.
'Cloak and Dagger' is on par.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Matt and I had been looking at a route in Moab's Fisher Towers called "Beaking in Tongues" for years. Finally we got to check it out. Matt picked me up from work in Cortez on Tuesday morning. We were in a time crunch because he had to be at work on Thursday morning, so we had 48 hours. A quick stop at a Moab gear shop to grab some more #1 peckers and we were on our way to the Fishers.
It took a while for Matt to figure out the first pecker move but soon he was cautiously inching his way toward the anchor. As I jugged the first pitch he started short fixing the second which was a little easier.
The next morning we jugged back up to our high point and Matt nailed his way to the top of pitch 5.
Pitch 6 was the shortest on the route but still took a good long while. Luckily it put us at the saddle and offered the first ledge of the route.
Matt dropped me off in Moab to stay with Amanda, Thad, and Marie and he continued home. I later found out that he only got 4.5 hours of sleep before he had to get back up to go to work. Strong work.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Last summer I was on a backpacking trip east of Vallecito Reservoir with David Bruce. Near the end of our trip I noticed this big waterfall about 9-10 miles from the trailhead. As it turns out, Eric Dixon had noticed it as well when he was in the area rock climbing. So we teamed up and started making plans. After asking around it appeared that the waterfall had never been climbed, which only added to the appeal.
We decided to ski in on Saturday and climb the route and ski out Sunday. I didn't have much time, so Eric skied in during the day before me to find a good route and set up camp. I started in the light and skied the last 3 hours, of the 4 hour approach in the dark. Luckily all I had to do was follow his tracks which led to the tent. Sunday morning arrived and we were both having a hard time motivating in the cold so we built a small fire to warm up. It did the trick, with warmth came stoke.
The route was super fun, with two 300' flows separated by a 5 minute walk. Eric took the lead on the first flow, linking it with a little simul climbing and an 80 meter rope. We soloed the first 100' of the second flow to a bench on the right. I led the last 200' to the top. We didn't see any evidence of previous ascents but snow can easily obscure rappel slings on trees. Whether it was a first ascent or not it was a great adventure. Thanks for the great trip Eric!