Trip Report
Desert tour
Sunday June 17, 2018 3:08am
Part 1:

Part 2 below.

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About the Author
Deuce4 (John Middendorf) is a climber from Hobart, Australia.

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Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jun 17, 2018 - 03:40am PT
John that looks like one great family adventure,
Those are some lucky kids,
Happy Father's Day by the way!
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
  Jun 17, 2018 - 03:46am PT
^^^ THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, Bozeman, the ocean, or ?
  Jun 17, 2018 - 04:47am PT
I could read that over and over and over!


Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
  Jun 17, 2018 - 06:51am PT
What a wonderful tr! Thanks for sharing your intimate knowledge of offbeat places in a special part of the world.
Family trip par excellence!

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Jun 17, 2018 - 08:03am PT
Thanks for taking me along on your great trip, especially since Heidi & I didn't make our annual May trip to the 4-corners area this spring, due to her badly spraining an ankle a week before our scheduled departure.

Sigh, it would have been great to discover all those significant spots as a child, but it was still fun finding them as an adult. You folks are doing some fine parenting, my congrats to you!

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Jun 17, 2018 - 08:30am PT
Man, you got some lucky kids! These trips are so important and life centering. I had a fourth birthday trip to Yosemite, and we camped in arches a few years later. I still have memories associated with places in both parks that pop up unexpectedly, when I come upon certain trigger spots almost 60 yrs later ( Deto, too!)
Looking fwd to part 2!
Heal up and one father to another, happy Father’s Day!
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Jun 17, 2018 - 08:30am PT
Family trips Rock.
Thanks for sharing this with us Deucey,

Social climber
  Jun 17, 2018 - 09:17am PT
Great it's a Deucey!
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

Out Of Bed
  Jun 21, 2018 - 05:50am PT
Thank you for taking us along. Im so jello it hurts.

Wonderful smiles and sparkling eyes, a feature of the father That I remember so fondly, is there in the childrens eyes
Credit: Gnome Ofthe Diabase
GreaT STUFF!(i'm alittle weepy!, re-read the whole thing a 2nd time)

Just livin' the dream
  Jun 21, 2018 - 08:33am PT
Awesome TR, John.


Trad climber
  Jun 21, 2018 - 01:12pm PT
You may not be rad but you're still one cool cat.

Boulder climber
Salt Lake, UT
  Jun 22, 2018 - 09:41pm PT
Very cool. Many of my favorite places, and a few I haven't been to.

Hobart, Australia
Author's Reply  Jul 8, 2018 - 08:12am PT
Part 2: Desert Farewell, new Portaledges, Devil's Tower, and appendicitis:

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Jul 8, 2018 - 08:38am PT
Wow! I'm glad you lived through that experience.

from out where the anecdotes roam
  Jul 8, 2018 - 08:52am PT
man oh man deuce4, best of the taco and yet, after the finale ... i'm feeling wooozy. maybe docs aren't to be avoided at all cost
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
  Jul 8, 2018 - 11:45am PT
Wow! I lost a good friend from a misdiagnoses on his bursted appendix, you dodged a bullet.

Great trip report, here’s to you John and all the other great dad’s out there, well done!

Charlie D.

Hobart, Australia
Author's Reply  Jul 11, 2018 - 01:33am PT
Thanks for all the good words. Really appreciated all the Facebook well wishes from my hospital bed during my 8 days in hospital after the surgery, too, really meant a lot to me. Happy and grateful. Cheers
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