Sunday, February 22, 2015

Climbing in Solitude Canyon - Mt. Elden

Spent the better part of my Saturday climbing the dacite rocks in Solitude Canyon high on Mt. Elden. The approach required a demanding 1.75 mile 1100 vertical feet hike to reach the Higher Solitude Crag. Despite the steep hike, the climbing is fantastic and offers several 5.10 sport routes and even some multi-pitch climbing at 8,600 ft - all of which offer great views of the surrounding area.  It's a fun little crag.  

We climbed Man on the Moon (5.10 sport, 4 pitches) and then had to head out.  The first pitch was very cool, the others not so much.   

Hiking up on the approach 
Brad is finally visible above the overhung section on Man on the Moon
Brad moving into the balancy upper section of Man on the Moon
Top of pitch 1 - Man on the Moon
Pitch 4 of Man on the Moon - 5.8 dihedral 
Paul got a picture of me from the route next door. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Streaker Spire, Sedona

February 14th

Streaker Spire - Original North Face Route (5.7+ trad, 3 pitches)

Church Spires, Streaker Spire is on the right
"Slab paddling" on the approach
Brad traversing on the first pitch on Streaker Spire 
Brad working through the awkward crux - transition from overhung climbing into an off-width slot
Brad about to top out on the 3rd pitch
Streaker Spire bros
Streaker Spire summit shot 
Cactus Heart
Streaker Spire, we traversed to the big crack from the left and followed the crack/chimney to the summit
Some fun scrambling on the descent and the approach

Observation Point and Hidden Canyon, Zion

February 7, 2015

With unseasonably warm weather all over the American west, I made my way to Zion to do some hiking. We decided on Observation Point and if we felt up to it, Hidden Canyon. Observation Point offers spectacular views of Zion Canyon from the rim above. The trail climbs about 2,000 ft. over 4 miles and offers a variety of scenery as you make your way up. Although Angel's Landing is a little more exciting, Observation Point has superior views and is less crowded.
Had to stop at Horseshoe Bend on my way from Flagstaff to southern Utah
Looking across towards Angel's Landing from the Observation Point trail 
Hiking through a cool canyon on the Observation Point trail 
Ashlee hiking above the slot canyon along the Observation Point trail
We emerged from the canyon below to vistas of Zion Canyon
The view from Observation Point. Note that Angel's Landing is about 1,000 ft below us.  
Ashlee led the way up the Hidden Canyon trail
Mini arch in Hidden Canyon