Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Red Rock Wrap Up

All great adventures must come to an end, here is the wrap up on the Red Rock Rendezvous Adventure 2010. I am way behind on my other postings so I need to get all of this out of the way!
I'm already counting the days until next years adventure!

The Wall of Confusion is very aptly named, it took a bit of wandering and scrambling to figure out where the heck I was going.

Our main motivation for going to the Wall of Confusion was so that Matt could get on Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (5.12a). There was a bit of a line but this guy from California hung the draws and then everyone got on it.

While we waited out turn we climbed the vertical crimpy nonsense to the left of it. I liked it and therefore the boys weren't amused. Joe did manage to lead his first 10b. Pretty good for learning to lead the week before the trip.
These photos of Matt on Fear and Loathing were taken by Joe while I belayed.
It didn't go clean this year but now he has something to look forward to next year.


After Matt had his fun we headed back to the Sweet Pain Wall and climbed one of the most fun routes of the trip, I believe it was The Gambler:

Joe's turn:

My turn, it's nice to have a few shots of myself this year! (Damn I look buff in this shot!)

The next day on the way out of town we decided to stop by Red Spring and boulder a little bit. The motivation levels were low and we didn't accomplish a whole lot, but it was still a good way to cap off a great week. (Followed by a 50pc chicken mcnugget of course)

The Red Springs Boulder

Matt on a v3 on the Red Springs Boulder:

Myself on the Sundial:

Admittedly Joe got the first send of this problem after a lot of struggling and hard work then I followed up it next.

UP NEXT: Deep Creek!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Red Rock, Day 3

Sorry for the delay, sometimes life happens. This is the 2nd to the last posting of photos from my trip, which is good because I'm going to be leaving for a trip to Leavenworth this weekend and taking several more photos to edit.

On the 3rd day in Red Rock we headed to the Calico Basin for some sport climbing.

Matt on "Have a Beer with Fear" 11b on the Cannibal Crag.

Me leading a route that felt like a 10a, I'm not sure what it was.

Matt on Beer with Fear again. It was a very photogenic route.

Up towards the top if it. I don't remember if he got it clean or not. Either way I appreciate him playing rope gun the whole trip.

Joe giving it a go, him and Matt really liked it, I was a little less in love with it. That seems to be the way things work though.
After Cannibal crag we went up to the Kraft boulders to check out the Monkey Bar Boulder. It was awesome! A lot of climbing went down but not many photos. I think there may have been a few on Matt's camera that may never see the light of day. Either way, here's the boulder:
And a nice Red Rock sunrise the next morning when we got up to work camping check in.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Sin City - Finally!

After the short drive from Saint George and a few pit stops because my car sickness finally hit we rolled into Vegas. After fighting with the GPS because we knew where we were going and it wasn't amused we arrived. Rather than find somewhere to sleep we opted to head straight to Calico Basin and take advantage of the setting sun to get in some bouldering.

Straight out of the gate we headed to the Potato Chip Boulder to warm up and stretch out after the car ride.

To the north-west of the Potato Chip there is another boulder whose name escapes me right now. Last year we never tried it, but it proved to be pretty fun. The start was awful and we each had our own variation.
I *think* I was the first one to make it up, thanks in part to my love of awful crimps.

Matt's take on it.
Just a little subtle photobombing....
Topping out on something slabby on the back of the Potato Chip. The book said v4, I feel like I took a v2 variation on it.
After the sun ran out and we were tired and hungry we decided we should try to find a motel and get a nice shower and a good nights sleep before the Rendezvous. This proved to be a bit more difficult than anticipated but eventually we found a room for $60 at The Suncoast Hotel & Casino. It was worth it for the shower alone!

In The Black Corridor the next day.
The stereotypical sport climber. V-neck, Sunglasses, Flip Flops, all we are missing is a triple shot espresso from Starbucks.
I can't remember, I think this is Friend 10.d.
Blinky, Pinky, Inky, Clyde...and Joe of course on belay.
Back to Bonnie Springs just in time for a really awful storm to roll in and rain and blow and freeze us while we worked camping check in for Thursday night.