Thursday, November 7, 2013
The skiing is not good. Actually it is probably very bad. Ten inches of new soft snow is not even close to enough to hide the rocks, branches and logs that are exposed during the warm months. The best you can hope for is some wind to have pushed the soft new snow into protected areas along ridges where it can accumulate into drifts deep enough to ski. Or, you ski it anyway. The relatively soft P-Tex that is used to make modern ski bases is the most vulnerable. The early season is the best time to turn a nice smooth base on your new skis into a scratched up mess that looks more like tree bark. It wouldn't be called rock surfing without a few bumps on the way.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Julie joins me at the top of the Castle in Castle Rocks, Idaho. It was her tallest route. We shared the new rope she got me on the four pitch 5.7 called Big Time. We were there in Southern Idaho for the Idaho Mountain Festival where she lead a yoga clinic each morning for climbers who had traveled from all over the region to climb, trail run, bike and socialize.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
On the far right side of the Mule Hollow wall in Big Cottonwood Canyon is the Jamcrack. Last weekend my buddy Dan gave me a call and asked if I wanted to go Bouldering. I said, "sure, ill bring a rope." Seven hours later Dan, Hayden and I had finished the 4 pitch route with the 1 long hour approach. It was a good outing and far from the original plan of staying only a few feet off the ground.
Monday, June 24, 2013
A major classic that towers out of the Salt Lake Valley are the West Slabs of Mount Olympus. The climbing is of an easy grade but really long as in 10-12 pitches of roped climbing and 1660 feet of quartzite climbing. I suggested the route to a new friend who had never done a multi-pitch climb. There is no better introduction to long climbing than the longest route on the Wasatch Front.
Friday, June 14, 2013
On a hot and sunny 100 degree day in the Salt Lake Valley we took a trip up Big Cottonwood Canyon to chase some shady climbs. Just above the first roof on a fairly new route that was bolted in 2007 Nathan rests it out on "CTR"- 5.10a/b
Monday, June 3, 2013
After a seemingly long stretch between outings, I finally made it back around the mountain to Little Cottonwood Canyon. This time it was with Rose, who I have discussed climbing with often but not actually tied into very many routes with. On the last day of May we shimmied, scootched and muscled our way up the deep right facing crack known as Hatchet Crack. The nature of the crack makes it feel as if the most difficult parts of the route are climbed sideways. In the photo, having finished the fist pitch, Rose casually steps up the last few feet to the belay ledge. From here we continued up another but easier pitch to where we would find our descent route slightly to the north. The descent requires two rappels and and scramble down a gully to the bottom of the canyon.