Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring Break 2016


After a weekend of climbing around Flagstaff and a short stint in southern Utah visiting my sister and her family, I headed up to the Salt Lake area for the rest of spring break. I got to see my parents, friends, got some climbing in and skied some sweet backcountry lines. Basically, I crammed a lot of stuff into 4 days.
Wyatt the dog eagerly waiting for some kind of adventure
Wyatt the dog out for a run along the Provo River
Sunset climbing in Little Cottonwood Canyon
Luke cleaning the classic route, "The Coffin" - a 5.9 finger crack
Luke climbing the route 

CARDIFF PASS - Little to Big Cottonwood Traverse

Billie making his way up the ridge towards Cardiff Bowl
Cardiff Bowl
Billie eyeing his line down Cardiff Bowl 
Billie charging down Cardiff Bowl on pretty nice snow
Some of our lines on Cardiff Bowl on the north sides of Mt. Superior
Myself skiing down our second lap - from Superior Ridge 

Myself skiing Cardiff Bowl

 MT. TIMPANOGOS - Timpooneke to Dry Canyon Traverse
North Timp from the winter parking lot
We hiked up the road to the Timpooneke Trailhead where the snow still lingered
After several hours of skinning and boot packing and lots of transitioning between the two, we finally reached the upper plateau where we could keep our skis on for the rest of the day. Here Luke makes his final transition to boot pack on the icy, steep slopes below. 
The view from the Timpanogos Basin; South Timp (left), south col (middle), Mt. Timpanogos main summit (right). From here, we made our way up to the col. 
Luke making his way across the wind-scoured plateau. Sharp peak left of center is North Timp. The broad ridgeline on the left is part of Bomber Peak. 
Luke sidehilling on hard pack, wind scoured snow - not easy conditions to deal with and not somewhere where we wanted to slip. 
Looking up the Timpanogos "Glacier" to the south col of Mt. Timpanogos. We skied down the west face of Timp from the col to our car at Dry Canyon Trailhead. 

Panorama from Timpanogos ridge at South Col

Looking back on some of our creamy turns on the west face of Mt. Timpanogos 

Spring skiing down the west face of Mt. Timpanogos

We got 4,000 ft of skiing, but still had to hike about 2 miles out to Dry Canyon Trailhead where we left a car

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Recent Climbing in the Southwest

Jenna on her way down after a solid lead on REM (5.10a) at the Pit 
Jenna crushing some 5.11 on top rope
Moving through the crux on Mr. Slate (5.10b) at the Pit
Finishing off Mr. Slate
The start of a 10 hour day of climbing on our Sedona trifecta
Derek led the first pitch of Wild Wild West (5.10+, 4 pitches) 
Inching our way up the thin slab on the first pitch
I led the second pitch of Wild Wild West. This pitch was a sweet 5.9 corner 
Derek on his way up the second pitch. Ethan waits his turn. 
Ethan lying back on the second pitch
Derek on the catwalk traverse on the 3rd pitch
Ethan working through the crux of Wild Wild West (5.10+). We had Derek extend his anchor to snap this picture.
Derek follows the final pitch, before the infamous heady traverse
Derek on the exposed traverse
Myself inching across the traverse on Wild Wild West (5.10+)
Me getting started on the first pitch of Epitaph (5.9+, 3 pitches) 
Me working up the nice corner of Epitaph
Derek on his way up pitch 2
Derek boldly leads the second pitch
Ethan and myself make our way up the second pitch. I linger on the route to avoid the hanging belay above
Ethan working through the crux of the 2nd pitch of Epitaph 
Hanging belay selfie. Not as happy as we appear to be.
Derek snapped this photo of me working across the roof pitch on Epitaph
Ethan leads the traverse on Epitaph
Badass climber Ethan once again shows us how to climb on the undercling 5.9+ traverse on Epitaph
Derek follows on Technicolor Corner
I followed Technicolor Corner in the dark

Nice view looking north from Oak Creek Spire 
Ryan reaches the top of pitch 2 (tough crack and chimney) 
Brad uses crimps in the chimney below
Myself on the 3rd pitch of Oak Creek Spire - fun 5.8 chimney moves  
The team feeling hesitant about the jump pitch
Me feeling hesitant about the jump
The team calls it quits without doing the jump. 

Sarah climbs Normally 3 Rurps (5.7+) at the Overlook
I make my way up Amateur Hour (5.9) - sweet line
Brad follows Amateur Hour
Zion canyon from Space Shot. Angel's Landing in the distance
Me leading the second pitch (5.8 crack/chimney)
Ascending the rope and cleaning some deeply set nuts
John leading the first aid pitch (C1+)
John on pitch 4
Pleased to be going down and not further up. Aid climbing is hard. 
Rapping the route
Looking back at Spaceshot (5.8 C2, 8 pitches)