A Short trip to a new Idaho Sport-climbing spot: Cedar Creek

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Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 9, 2013 - 07:20pm PT
After postponing our 4th of July trip until July 6, due to weather forecasts of biblical deluges, killer lightning, small hail, and pestilence: we agreed to meet friends at Cedar Creek, just south of the Mt. Borah parking lot, at a very civilized 1:00 PM.

Three friends from the Wood River Valley met us there, and equipped with Sport-climbing gear, we enjoyed a mostly pleasant hike up Cedar Creek. A large storm just to our north kept us cool, with cloud cover & a good breeze that helped to keep horseflies away. The storm also provided a pleasant background of occasional distant thunder. (We did notice vehicles fleeing the Borah parking lot when we started our hike around 2:00 PM.

Highest mountain in Idaho: Mt. Borah at center, from the road into Ced...
Highest mountain in Idaho: Mt. Borah at center, from the road into Cedar Creek.
Credit: Fritz


When we got to the climbing area, which starts very-close to the creek, some other Wood River Valley climbers were already climbing, and lines of shiny new bolts were quite obvious. The hike took us about an hour & ten minutes of constant, but not hard-paced hiking, with a gain of about 1,000 vertical feet.

View on the hike up Cedar Creek.  Chance that the high points have bee...
View on the hike up Cedar Creek. Chance that the high points have been climbed = zero.
Credit: Fritz

The right-side of the upper wall and a climber.
The right-side of the upper wall and a climber.
Credit: Fritz

Since none of us had been to the area before: Kim & Pete scouted the routes, most of which start off a higher ledge. Kim had purchased Dave Bingham’s new “Idaho Underground” guide and had it along for reference. They also chatted up the other climbers, while I watched for our slower hikers.
Looking more left on the upper wall & a climber.
Looking more left on the upper wall & a climber.
Credit: Fritz


After we all were all together, a retreat to arrive back at the cars by cocktail hour was earnestly proposed, but Kim wasn't buying it. She strolled up the easiest route and left a top rope for Heidi & me, while she & Pete went off to the higher and harder zone.

Fritz on the easy route.  Please remember I'm almost 64. <br/>
 <br/>
Will ST ...
Fritz on the easy route. Please remember I'm almost 64.

Will ST still love me when I'm 64?
Credit: photo by ImStein.


Heidi & I had a good time on the 5.7-5.8 route. She had never climbed on limestone and it had been many years for me. The rock was excellent and very-grippy. Kim & Pete were just home from a week on the limestone routes near Lander, Wy, so they were right at home, even though every area is different.

Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 9, 2013 - 09:21pm PT
We got back to the cars at about 5:30 and found a decent camp-spot nearby. Kim & Pete strolled in at about 8:00 PM after doing four short 5.11 routes.

Camp & Alpenglow. No other campers within miles.  The joy of rural Ida...
Camp & Alpenglow. No other campers within miles. The joy of rural Idaho.
Credit: Fritz

Heidi:  Hooping it up after dinner.  The Rock & Roll music was turned ...
Heidi: Hooping it up after dinner. The Rock & Roll music was turned up!
Credit: Fritz

Kim, photographing alpenglow, while hooping it up.
Kim, photographing alpenglow, while hooping it up.
Credit: Fritz

Credit: Fritz

ImStein!  The most interesting ImStein in the world!
ImStein! The most interesting ImStein in the world!
Credit: Fritz

OH! We did get a very-good shot of this Bitterroot in our camp.

Credit: Fritz

Kim & Pete were off to The Fins on Sunday for a 5.12 route that is on Kim’s “I want” list. We enjoyed a slow trip home, with frequent stops for photo opportunities.
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jul 9, 2013 - 10:51pm PT
a bitterroot is a flower!!!!

I get it now. sorry, I'm a little slow.


nice pics and tr Fritz. Send that rig!
ß Î Ø T Ç H

climber
?
Jul 9, 2013 - 10:55pm PT
Fritz on the easy route.
Look how tight that (friendly belay) toprope - almost ready to snap L@L.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2013 - 08:17am PT
Biotech: Heidi likes to keep me on a "tight-and-short-rope."

Fritz up-tight.  Photo by ImStein.
Fritz up-tight. Photo by ImStein.
Credit: Fritz
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 10, 2013 - 08:33am PT
Sport climbing and hula hoops? When are you people gonna start acting yer age? :-)
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jul 10, 2013 - 08:33am PT
Glad ya got out and had some fun Fritz!
Tad
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jul 10, 2013 - 08:53am PT
An hour and ten minutes hike for some bolt clipping?

You folks in Idaho are a different breed!
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Jul 10, 2013 - 09:40am PT
Yes, Fritz, we will still love you when you're 64, especially if you keep posting good climbing content!

That weather looked really ominous! Fantastic that you got both a great hike and some new climbing in.
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Jul 10, 2013 - 09:46am PT
Fritz,

Thanks for your TR's. Just a little technique reminder . . . stick your butt out on those slabs to get the weight over your feet, you don't want to lean into the rock as it will reduce your ability to stick to the features.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Jul 10, 2013 - 12:50pm PT
An hour and ten minutes hike for some bolt clipping?

Pretty standard in California.


Fritz... nice TR thanks.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Jul 13, 2013 - 08:06pm PT
Cedar Canyon
Cedar Canyon
Credit: Spider Savage
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2013 - 07:30am PT
Spider: Is that photo from the Mt. Borah roadhead? The climbing crags are close to the creek and farther up-canyon. The terrain is much more spectacular.

Cliffs above Cedar Canyon at left center of photo.
Cliffs above Cedar Canyon at left center of photo.
Credit: Fritz

I hope you have a good workout climbing Borah today!

Here's a photo of its more scenic side from yesterday.
N.E. side of Idaho's tallest peak.
N.E. side of Idaho's tallest peak.
Credit: Fritz
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 14, 2013 - 09:48am PT
North Face of Borah is a classic!

Borah North Face - headin' for the hidden couloir which finishes prett...
Borah North Face - headin' for the hidden couloir which finishes pretty much at the summit - July 2004
Credit: Brian in SLC
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Jul 14, 2013 - 10:09am PT
What kind of rock?
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
WA, & NC & Idaho
Jul 14, 2013 - 10:23am PT
Nice Fritz, way to get out there,

That limestone stuff is sharp!!!!!
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2013 - 10:53am PT
Mike M! Borah is all limestone. Quality varies widely.
locker

Social climber
Some Rehab in Bolivia
Jul 14, 2013 - 10:59am PT


...

Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 14, 2013 - 12:10pm PT
Locker! Thanks for the song. I'm bearing up to the burden of soon being 64 ----------fairly well.

Here's a photo of some demanding rock on our ranchette.

Rocky Point!
Rocky Point!
Credit: Fritz

and a self-portrait of me attempting a dangerous free-solo of a "stiff-for-its-rating" 4.5b.

Credit: Fritz

Hopefully my form looks ok;)
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
Jul 14, 2013 - 03:07pm PT
.45 cal.


Nice.

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