Trip Report
Looking Glass Rock with Blitzo (RIP)
Wednesday February 26, 2014 9:44pm
On the way to Indian Creek the other day we decided to stop and run up a popular climb that I think neither of us had climbed, I know I hadn't.

Eighteen or so miles south of Moab, a mile or so off highway 191 it sits, a hump of rock mostly invisible from the highway. Three (?) 5.4 pitches lead to an enormous, football field size summit with an 185' free rapell dismount.

The arch in looking glass rock,
The arch in looking glass rock,
Credit: Jaybro

Pitch one was quickly surmounted in approach shoes. A little bit into pitch two the climbing got as serious as it gets on this route. I thought I heard Blitzo urging me to put on climbing shoes, but the choice to use the rope was mine.

Yes, I do own low tops....
Yes, I do own low tops....
Credit: Jaybro

The route ahead!

Credit: Jaybro

Cleaning the self belay pitch I saw another party approach. Their body language suggested chagrin, that the route was occupied, we hustled along. Topping out two pitches higher in like five minutes. We set up the rappel and wandered to the summit for photos and to take in the 360 view.
I can't speak for Blitzo, but I would reccomend it! The summit was nice enough I left some Blitzo there.

Me 'n the Blute pose for our summit portrait
Credit: Jaybro

And a word for our sponsor!
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The egress;
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I really like taking him on these various adventures. It makes me think of my friend and imagine how fun it would be to share these times, and remind me how thankful I am for the times we did share, his was a comfortable and insightful presence to share. These times also help me think how so many people enjoyed his company over the years. Spreading some of his ashes in these spots is a way to both remember and let go.

Thanks Blitzo!

Party on top of pitch one
Route follows skyline more or less
Route follows skyline more or less
Credit: Jaybro

Credit: Jaybro

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About the Author
Jaybro is a social climber from Wolf City, Wyoming

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Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Feb 26, 2014 - 09:51pm PT
Very nice Jay. For this old gal a classic with the best rappell.
You've been good to Blitzo. Living on and living large through you.

T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
  Feb 26, 2014 - 10:02pm PT
Very cool Jay!
Cheers Blitzo!
susan peplow

Joshua Tree, CA
  Feb 26, 2014 - 10:06pm PT
Thanks Jay, I hauled our friend around the Keys Ranch Tour on Sunday but it was a bit of a bust with a Ranger in the front and volunteer dude in the back. Had ever desire to leave a little of Blitzo at an old homestead like that. Wasn't able to pull it off.

Glad he's off on some cool need more tins!


Trad climber
Northern California
  Feb 26, 2014 - 11:44pm PT
Great trip report-- and great to know he's part of so many amazing places.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
  Feb 26, 2014 - 11:47pm PT
Beautiful, Jaybro.
Wade Icey

Trad climber
  Feb 27, 2014 - 12:34am PT
Thanks Jaybro.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
  Feb 27, 2014 - 01:15am PT
Nice tribute.

  Feb 27, 2014 - 01:23am PT
Very cool & fitting tribute.Thanks for the share.

Gym climber
Being In Sierra Happy Of Place
  Feb 27, 2014 - 10:29am PT
Very nice, Jay.

Social climber
  Feb 27, 2014 - 10:50am PT

Nice work!

Trad climber
The state of confusion
  Feb 27, 2014 - 06:13pm PT

How wuz the horizontal climbing, Jay? hee hee hee. . .

Great shot of you and the Blute on the summit!

Sport climber
Made in California
  Feb 27, 2014 - 06:16pm PT
beautiful, jay ... thank you for sharing your adventure with us and Bill.

Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Feb 27, 2014 - 08:20pm PT
I wish I had known blitzo,
Thanks Jaybro!!!!!

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA/Joshua Tree
  Feb 28, 2014 - 02:11am PT
Very cool Jay! Billy would be so proud of this.
scuffy b

heading slowly NNW
  Feb 28, 2014 - 12:21pm PT
Nice Jay.

Since Blitzo was mostly water, He's going all over the world now.
Part of the cloudy sky I'm looking at out the window is Blitzo,
and Brutus, and Bruce, and Becca, and Jim...

Social climber
  Mar 12, 2014 - 10:34am PT

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Nothing creative to say
  Mar 12, 2014 - 12:21pm PT
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