I try climbing at Mores Mountain, then head for Ann’s parents house in Nampa.
We contemplate the reasons good visits can wear us down, and climb a few fun routes outside Lander, Wyoming.
Don’t get worried if there’s a delay in posts after this, the next phase will take me far from the internets.
I describe Vedauwoo slab climbing, piece a fine muddy trail loop together, and ponder the mosquito season.
We are among the creatures who emerge to play today before we drive down the hill for a quick freshener.
I’m posting this two months after the trip. Gabe and I return to the north face of Matterhorn peak after an aborted attempt two weeks earlier. This time we hike in and bivouac at the little tarn on the approach, one of my favorite spots. The next day we rise early, climb the North Arete 5.7, and hike out – still making for a worthy day of effort. I did this route back in 2002. Though my memory of it didn’t feel reliable, it proved accurate. It’s not the easiest route to find, but is forgiving of errors. We stayed close to the supertopo line this time, but I think the wandering route my partner and I took in 2002 might be more fun.
We take our friend Zach for his first outdoor climbing day at the river rock, and he made this timelapse of us cragging in the perfect weather:
Our friend Mike and his family couldn’t have picked a better weekend for some climbing in Owen’s River Gorge outside Bishop, California. Unusually warm sunny days provided perfect conditions.
Our routes: Phoenix 5.7, Iceberg 5.9, PD Time 5.7, Pet Trackers 5.10a, Quail Trail p1 5.10a, Nice Jugs 5.9, Hole in the Wall 5.9, Warning: Laser Beam 5.8, Watch for Rocks 5.8, Boating Prohibited 5.10a, Warning Signs 5.10d
For better or worse, the weather in the Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, California is even warmer than it was at Thanksgiving last year. Will climbing with warm sun on our skin here become a tradition? Gabe joins us this year and seems amenable. With a stop at Benton Hot Springs on the way down, we have a very pleasant long weekend of soaking, running, and climbing.
Our routes: Werner’s Werthers 5.8, Kit Kat 5.10a, Sweet Spot 5.10a, Pure Cane 5.8,Sugar Daddy 5.10b, What a Face 5.9, Death of a Cowboy 5.7, The quick and the dead 5.7, Muffy 5.8, Spot 5.8+, Senior Daredevil 5.9, Trevor’s Crack 5.9
Gabe, Ann, and I found sun and fun in Owen’s River Gorge outside Bishop, California this weekend. Camping in the high piñons wasn’t always toasty warm, but the sun on the rock was perfection. I almost felt naughty sneaking in such a nice weekend in the middle of November.
Ann and I are not the only optimists to converge on the low elevation Alabama Hills on the promise of temperatures warm enough for climbing. Those of us who follow the sun are rewarded with slightly chilly to very pleasant conditions. It’s been almost ten years since our last trip here, and this holiday weekend stirs those memories into the new ones we’re making.
Routes: Tootsie Pop 5.6, Werner’s Werthers 5.8, Kit Kat 5.10a, Rock Candy 5.10d, Pure Cane 5.8, Sweet Spot 5.10a, Sugar Daddy 5.10b, Spur 5.7, Tall T 5.10b, Sand Trap 5.9, Sting of the Lash 5.10b, Man’s Country 5.9, Man in the Raw 5.8