Levitation 29 5.11c
Trip ReportLevitation with Jebus and Fold Out with T-Pain (mostly) Photo-TR
Shortly after I moved to Vegas, Jebus came to visit. Our original gameplan was to climb Eagle Dance on the Eagle Wall. Things were all laughs until we wound up botching the approach and wound up on extremely exposed exfoliating (ex ex ex?) onion skin sandstone. Not fun. The stoke and laughter which had carried us up Oak Creek Canyon had a shadow cast upon it. A few pitches up, we decided to go down - simply not feeling it. The hike out left a bad taste in my our mouths and the only benefit of wandering up there at that point was to be able to dial in the right approach by descending it.
Soundtrack for the TR:
The approach went much more smoothly this time - just under 2 hours to the base of the route from the Oak Creek TH on the scenic loop.
With temperatures reaching 80 in Las Vegas that day and approaching 75 at the visitor's center, things got hot up there pretty quickly. We rapped after P5 given the sizzling temps and their impact on how wonderful our shoes felt. The skin on the back of my heels is still trying to recover from that sizzling.
Levitation lived up to the hype - spectacular, technical, and difficult (for me) climbing in an exceptional position. We rapped with a single 75m rope and it was casual.
Down we went!
The day we climbed this also happened to be Jebus' birthday - not a bad climb to hop on for your birthday and I am honored to have gotten to share that with him.
The next morning Jebus went back northward to the BLC and one of my Vegas padnahs joined in on the fun - we went for a mellow cruise up Fold Up, a classic single pitch 5.8 cruise
After running up that we decided that grabbing some Roberto's taco shop for lunch sounded great...shortly after that I was back at my house helping my girlfriend put out Halloween decorations. Living in Las Vegas can be weird sometimes, but the backyard sure as hell doesn't suck.
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