Old Farts can still "Get High in The City."


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Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 28, 2010 - 09:13pm PT
Went to the City of Rocks Sunday afternoon.

It was hot and crowded, so we decided to get high.

Circle Creek Loop trail offered a delicious way to get high quickly.


This morning, the City was not as hot and crowded. We managed three routes in the shade, before leaving. The Upper Breadloaves area was our lunch-stop and the shady-routes there had more people than I like.

I really like people, but I hate the SOB's when I run into them in the out of doors.

scuffy b

Eastern Salinia
Jun 28, 2010 - 09:32pm PT
Nice reporting.
Photo #6 contains a view of the rock called Shangri-La.
For some reason Bingham has been quite lukewarm about providing
information on this rock, and it's not because he likes keeping
monica viziano

Mountain climber
Jun 28, 2010 - 09:37pm PT

great pictures. I'm wanting to make a road trip to "the city" from ca. on sat. a long trip for sure. I'm wondering about the climbing weather? Is this too late in the season? How did you find the weather? For me climbing in the 60-70's is ideal 80's less so and 90's you're kiddin. thanks

Big Wall climber
Sedro Woolley, WA
Jun 28, 2010 - 11:11pm PT
Fritz, I started climbing there in about 1976 and love that place! I grew up in Idaho Falls. Do "the Thumb" now AKA Lost Arrow, double FREE rap off the backside!

P.P.S. You climbing the Perch with Skully soon!? I am hoping to get up it at the end of July, my Family Reunion is in Stanley!


Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Jun 28, 2010 - 11:19pm PT
Nice Fritz-beautiful area and photos.

Trad climber
Hagerman, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 29, 2010 - 12:04am PT
Thank you all for "posting up."

Thorgon: I am “city challenged” since I never “applied myself” to the many challenges there BITD. In the days when “climbing was my life” I mostly stayed in the mountains.

The Lost Arrow looks amazing. The Guidebook indicates that I need to increase my confidence: to climb it without “wetting my pants.”

I love your photos of The Lost Arrow----I want it!

Re Elephant’s Perch: it looks like late August for me. The “rope rocket” wants to go there then.

Monica: Usually, no campsites available at “The City” for 4th of July. Try Google weather reports and look for Almo, Idaho.

Scuffy b. I think this is a enlargement of what you speak of: a view of the rock called Shangri-La.

It looks huge, remote, and enticing-----and the south-side must be ?????.
handsome B

Gym climber
Jun 29, 2010 - 01:12am PT
Great shots!
I love the more remote areas of the city.

Shangri La has some nice crack lines, a great summit and a bit kitty litter. Much like the rest of the City.

I too have been enticed by the "unclimbed" formation.

I am glad the city is too hot for so many folks.

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Jun 29, 2010 - 02:00am PT
heading that way soon

forecast link for Almo... seems off


Captain...or Skully

Big Wall climber
Transporter Room 2
Jun 29, 2010 - 08:18am PT
Naw, it's right....Elevation, man.
Almo's higher, & the city is higher still.
scuffy b

Eastern Salinia
Jun 29, 2010 - 11:14am PT
Fritz, that is the good side of Shangri-la.
Four bolted routes in the central section which look really good,
some nice cracks on the left third and some shorter climbs way on the
left end.
Not hard to get to, but a remote feel.
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