Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Recent Climbing in the Southwest

THE PIT
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
SEDONA TRIFECTA
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

OAK CREEK SPIRE, SEDONA
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. 

THE OVERLOOK
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
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)