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bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 28, 2013 - 12:39pm PT
They didn't build that "grocery store" until '97 or so, as I was preparing to exit for SLC. Dicey pull dates, year-old lettuce, etc. Safeway it is not. Even with that place available, actual locals -- you know, people who own a house and live there year after year -- winter, spring, summer, fall -- own a deep freezer and makes the run to Richfield every couple of weeks. It's there for last-minute milk n' eggs. It's just a minor upgrade from that roachfest in Bicknell...what was that place called? The Red Market? Red's Market? Damn it was scary.

If you were working for AYA, that sorry excuse for a food vendor must have seemed like an open-air market in southern France!

As for Big Rocks, get, like, 50 feet away from one of the dirt roads and it's pristine. Your first clue would be all of the undisturbed paleoartifacts, arrowheads, monster pot fragments, and so on.

Or go down to the park, up on the montain, or over to the Henry's! Big Rocks was my 90 minutes of free time backyard spot.

Done any of these problems..? Post pics!
Hawkeye

climber
State of Mine
Jan 28, 2013 - 12:55pm PT
i did some bouldering at big rocks way back in the 80's.....knew a young woman from bicknell that i hung with until i realized she was the wayne county whore.

Nothin like random sheep carcasses, a million dead jack rabbits, and some jack mormons drinking keystone light.

thats what i remember from big rocks.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 28, 2013 - 01:29pm PT
That's why we called Big Rocks "The Flesh Pit!" Shoulda got outta yer car and hiked for 10 minutes, dude. Have you even seen any of these problems?

I met a buncha AYA types over the years, the only one who ever figured the place out was Brady Curry and he was as sold on BR as I was. You should check out "Brady's Roof", V4 X in the new Spaulding guide.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Jan 28, 2013 - 01:45pm PT
I had the 1988 Hurricane whore... aged 15 years for smoothness and taste... a little "mature" for my 14 year old palette.

Ah, Utah, how I miss your loose women and heavily armed parents.
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jan 28, 2013 - 01:55pm PT
SO SWOLESWOLESWOLESWOLESWOLESWOLESWOLESWOLESWOLESWOLESWOLESWOLE
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jan 28, 2013 - 02:41pm PT
Beebs, I was running around out there with Martucci, Fordonski on a rare occasion, and Benji (who's last name I forget). Pretty sure Brady was still around then, although no longer with AYA. I think Fredo and him tried to put up some wall routes on these crazy tower/spires things near Juneau in that same time frame, and Shelly and Joe were still living in Teasdale.


I've been all over the place in that boulderfield. Even been duck hunting about a stones throw from there a couple of times.

Only pics I've got from BR is of some friends on the boulder with the
"Jenny" grafitti.

But really, the best part of bouldering there...post sesh pickle pie and pinto bean pie at the Sunglow...just don't speed through Lyman on the way back home.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Jan 28, 2013 - 02:43pm PT
Only pics I've got from BR is of some friends on the boulder with the
"Jenny" grafitti.

I think there is a big ol' WES graffiti there too. I think bvb put in there in recognition of my greatness.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 28, 2013 - 03:11pm PT
Oh, yeah, the Sunglow! Agreed the pickle pie was dope. The "Jenni" was actually "jennifer Washburn" on the Whiffle Ball, a great boulder problem but so damn close to the road...Jennifer Washburn was that hardest prob on the Whiffe Ball, thin and scary and high. Broken leg for sure if you pitch from the top.

Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jan 28, 2013 - 03:49pm PT
V5 huh? We were calling it "5.11, don't fall" (no crashpads).
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 28, 2013 - 03:53pm PT
We were doing it as a direct-line eliminate, straight up the arete, no flinching to the left or right when things got thin. The girl in the photo demonstrates the scale...20 - 25' whipper potential onto what was basically a concrete slab. No pads. Had to be there. The landing for the thing we were doing was a big, flat, rock slab, sort of uneven. Broken legs/ankles for sure.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 28, 2013 - 06:33pm PT
Oh well, the "Serious Business" thead is kaput. Just when ptc was starting to seem attainable! OK, back to climbing content...oh my God! The grafitti! The trash! The crowds! The potsherds! The AYA boneheads who never figured out they should avoid roadside problems! Judging by the Desert Archaic Atlatl dart points and equisitely matched Mano/Metate set we found here, I'm guessing the grommets, posuers and maynards never thought to check this quadrant out...4X4 or half-mile hike mandatory.



bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 28, 2013 - 07:09pm PT
Motivational Wayne County posters. Automatic For The People.

crunch

Social climber
CO
Jan 28, 2013 - 07:25pm PT
Wow, all those years wasted on those chossy towers, could'a been bouldering instead....next lifetime, I'll maybe figure it out.

Torrey is a real nice spot, for sure.

Torrey. Main Street.
Torrey. Main Street.
Credit: crunch

Hanksville is fun, too. A different world. Sure beats the crazy crowds around Moab.

Near Hanksville
Near Hanksville
Credit: crunch
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
Jan 28, 2013 - 08:59pm PT
Nice photos Crusher!
The second one almost has the effect of a collage.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 29, 2013 - 08:10am PT
Breakfast coffee, that first smoke, and a motivational Wayne County poster to let y'all know that, well, we got it and you don't. God I love myself, er, I mean Wayne County.



bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 29, 2013 - 11:27am PT
That creamy, dreamy breast of a formation is Fern's Nipple. Trailhead is 25 minutes from "downtown" Torrey. Technical summit, ok ropeless for the experienced, but n00bs will want a rope for the last 50 feet. Hands-down one of the best dayhikes on the Colorado Plateau. Amazing summit register -- last time I was up there a woman had scattered her husband's ashes from the summit and taped her wedding ring into the summit register. Magic.

Henry Mountains in the background, Horn is just out of the frame on the right.

crunch

Social climber
CO
Jan 29, 2013 - 01:27pm PT
Ahh, the Henry Mts. Last mountain range in the US to be discovered and named by anglos.


The Henry Mountains
The Henry Mountains
Credit: crunch
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Jan 29, 2013 - 01:31pm PT
Coolaboola bvb.

But, and here it is again, my snake phobia, but that looks like rattler country.

There are a lot of beautiful places in this world that I will never see, but the American West is high on the list of places to see more. Mom took us to Grand Canyon and around Arizona BITD, but that was the 60s.

Only desert climbing I've done is in JT a couple of times and Lake Perris (does the latter count?). Are Smith Rocks considered desert climbing? If so, I'll add that to my "done" list.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Jan 29, 2013 - 01:36pm PT
The Henrys are cool. We used to run the kids up to the top of Pennell in the spring and fall. Our winter field area was basically from the E. border of the park to the crest of the Henry mts. There's a heard of bison ranging around in that area. We used to see them fairly often.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 29, 2013 - 01:44pm PT
Are those the Henrys in the background?
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