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Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 13, 2014 - 04:52pm PT
We have a group camp reserved at City of Rocks for the nights of Monday June 23rd -Thursday June 26th, with checkout on Friday June 27th.

I had dinner with Donini & his wife Angela the night of the Outdoor Retailer Jeff Lowe award. He worked me to get off my ass and make reservations for a camp at City of Rocks, with a preference for a week earlier. I spent a while at the online reservation site, and was astounded to find that all my favorite large van-friendly campsites at COR were reserved during those dates. (Everything at Smoky Mountain was still open----but I missed camping with the rocks and the views last year.)

However! I was able to reserve the group camp out at Twin Sisters for the nights of Monday June 23 thru 26, with checkout on Friday June 27. El Donini confirmed those dates work for him, as did Ralph T.(AK Trad on ST), Brokedownclimber, and even Spider Savage thinks he can make it towards the end of the week.

We do want to invite other like-minded folks, young or old.

The Group Camp is a great private place with scenic views, a fair number of tent spots and parking spots, a toilet, and climbing right from camp. 12-30 people are allowed. Not a lot of afternoon shade, but we have a large fly we can rig.
Looking NE towards Twin Sisters.  The group-camp is on the camera-side...
Looking NE towards Twin Sisters. The group-camp is on the camera-side of the formation marked in red.
Credit: Fritz
View from near our campsite NE to "The City."
View from near our campsite NE to "The City."
Credit: Fritz
Sunset view of Twin Sisters from camp.
Sunset view of Twin Sisters from camp.
Credit: Fritz

I have been in contact with the MOUNTAIN HOLY MAN acquaintance of Donini's, & he believes he may be able to visit too (http://www.supertopo.com/climbers-forum/2309904/Donini-and-the-Mountain-Holy-Man-at-17-777Ft-in-Szechuan.

He does share my concerns about camping with a larger group. If you would like to camp, or visit at the Group Camp: we do ask attendees to leave their pets and their small children at home, both for the safety of the small children & pets, and also to maintain a harmonious environment for all attendees.

Please RSVP! (Idaho parlance for: Reserve potatoes via phoning.) Space is limited at the Group Camp.

Please confirm in private and I will keep a list of attendees that I will not make public, or if you want to be public---confirm on this site.

Namaste.
Credit: Fritz
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Feb 13, 2014 - 05:05pm PT
Any commerical airport nearby (like <2hr drive)?
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 13, 2014 - 05:57pm PT
Elcapinyoazz: This is from COR website:

Plane:
The nearest air service is Burley (charter) 45 miles north, Twin Falls (85 miles NW), Salt Lake City (170 miles SE), Boise (215 miles NW), Pocatello (100 miles NE).

Brokedown Climber flew into Burley with his plane a couple years back and was able to rent a car through the airport folks. It takes a bit more than an hour to drive from Burley to COR.
Reeotch

climber
4 Corners Area
Feb 13, 2014 - 06:15pm PT
Ah . . . the City . . . some of the best rock anywhere!
Roots

Mountain climber
Tustin, CA
Feb 13, 2014 - 06:50pm PT
Sounds like a good time!
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Feb 13, 2014 - 07:27pm PT
Love COR. Got an Onsight of Skyline on Morning Glory Spire.
Got a one way ride out there and hitchhiked back cause I really wanted that one.
It was worth it! I'd do it again.

Rock is off the hook AWESOME!

Can't commit to the party as I have 3 big walls in Yosemite a road trip
to Red Rocks, Indian Creek, and Colorado in May.

The Adveture Queen loves COR too! It won't take much for to be convinced.
Here is a pic of the return trip after the Onsight of Skyline

Plaid
Credit: Plaidman
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Feb 13, 2014 - 07:44pm PT
This is at the campground: Indian Chief Rock, Flake Route (5.5).

Flake Route, YDS 5.5. No fixed pro, but great crack for nuts and cams....
Flake Route, YDS 5.5. No fixed pro, but great crack for nuts and cams. Fixed ASCA rappel anchors (2 bolts with chains).
Credit: Brokedownclimber

There's a nice crapper at the campground along with a couple tables. No water available here, but there is a faucet at the Bath Rock parking area.
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Feb 13, 2014 - 07:52pm PT
Morning Alpenglow on Bath Rock from my campsite 47, August 2010.
Morning Alpenglow on Bath Rock from my campsite 47, August 2010.
Credit: Brokedownclimber

More reasons to attend!
Grippa

Trad climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 13, 2014 - 07:54pm PT
Is it a prerequisite that you be over 50yr old to attend?
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 13, 2014 - 08:30pm PT
Young or old of compatable spirit are welcomed.

Ezra last year in his 30's & Max & Steffi in their late 20's.
Ezra belaying Donini, Private Idaho.
Ezra belaying Donini, Private Idaho.
Credit: Fritz
Donini & Max in camp.
Donini & Max in camp.
Credit: Fritz

We all really like to have some young folks around-----if they are fun.

phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Feb 13, 2014 - 09:22pm PT
Hey Fritz, Great idea and thanks for organizing. I will probably be able to attend this year, but I will probably fly in to SLC and rent a car, then try to stay at the cabins in Almo, rather than camping at the group site. Are you (or anybody else) thinking you might be there the weekend before or after those dates as well?
Phyl
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 13, 2014 - 09:34pm PT
phylp! That's great! You are more than welcome. No weekend plans for us. Anyone else there on either weekend?
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Feb 13, 2014 - 09:39pm PT
I may be looking at a wider envelope of dates, and it depends on the availability of a campsite at Smoky Mountain. If I come and stay longer, I'll be driving; otherwise flying into Burley.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 13, 2014 - 09:49pm PT
Sounds like great fun. Unfortunately, BrassNuts and I have a previous commitment at that time. We look forward to seeing photos of the shindig!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 13, 2014 - 10:04pm PT

Well, I'm knot sure if I can, but if there's a chance to meet
Phyl, well, I'm gunna try hard!!!
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 13, 2014 - 10:05pm PT
I'm a 9-5 M-Fer so the weekend is a better option for me.

Always fun at the City!
Captain...or Skully

climber
Feb 14, 2014 - 12:29am PT
I'll try, but I'm still working out the 1100 mile commute.
I'd love to see you there.
Brokedownclimber

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Feb 14, 2014 - 11:38am PT
Steve, Brian, and Skully--

Try to make it, it'll be a blast!
Wayno

Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 14, 2014 - 02:02pm PT
Hmmm... I'll have to give this some serious thought. I still have a bottle with Fritz' name on it.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 14, 2014 - 04:06pm PT
Wayno & all. It could be a memorable get-together.

You never know what late June weather can bring, but it likely will be real pleasant-----or not.

Real Pleasant.
Real Pleasant.
Credit: Fritz


or not.
or not.
Credit: Fritz


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