Sunday, January 29, 2017

09_16 to 29_2016 Left over Blog from Last Year - Dave to COR

My friend Andy and I took a trip to City of Rocks Idaho in late September.  This is always a fun climbing destination and I figured it would be a good venue to continue the shoulder rehab program :-)
Andy flew into SLC and I picked him up, we were climbing by about 2pm that first day, good fun and great weather.
Hiking one of the many nice access trails in City of Rocks.
A view of a climber on a route in the Transformer Corridor area.
Our first couple of nights we had this nice campspot at "The City"
Pente came along on the trip and was really loving the high quality granite and great views!
Andy hiking towards a fun crag called Out West for some new routes for us.
A nice 10b/c thin crack route on the Out West crag.
Fantastic views from our campsite made for a really nice place for morning tea and afternoon beer :-)
Pente checking out another fine granite boulder hangout.
Trader Joe's tamales for dinner - yum!  Living large!
Late day light and view from our campsite.
A significant storm rolled into the City mid way through the trip and it rained and snowed for 2 days straight.  This put a damper on climbing but the area has been really dry for a number of years so the moisture was really needed and good for the land!
Checking out the final stages of the storm from the comfort of our friend's cabin outside of Castle Rocks - a nice way to avoid camping in cold/wet conditions :-)
After the storm cleared, time to head out for some fine granite climbing in Castle Rocks state park.
Andy is ready to climb!
Many pretty views after the storm, cool clouds and the snowline was about 8000'
A fun 5.10a/b face climb in the Castle Rocks area.
Happy to be out climbing again after hiding from the weather for two days!
A pretty cool 2 pitch crack climb in the Castle Rocks area.
Joe, Kim and Andy at the upper Breadloaves climbing area.
Andy leading a necky face climb just right of the classic Bloody Fingers crack route.
Kim, Joe, Andy and I at our campsite after climbing.
Pente, ruler of the campsite!
Andy climbing a hard route I had done back in the late 80's that proved to be much harder than it was years ago!
Andy points to the scene of the climb ;-)
A cool arch not too far from our campsite.
Post climbing happy hour beer time!
The campsite fly trap was very effective at reducing pesky flies and was obviously a big hit with the flies!!  :-p
A view of the Comp Wall area at Castle Rocks where a controversial climbing competition was held back in the late 1980's.

A great trip, City of Rocks always delivers and Andy is a really fun partner!  Until next time...

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