We met up at my new house, caught up briefly, picked up some items and after some brief traffic leaving Vegas were headed North on I-15.
Campgrounds were full but we found an incredible bivy spot...didn't suck!
In the morning we went to Oscar's in Springdale for breakfast...that place rocks! Cost of Denny's but 1,000,000 x better.
After that it was on to the shuttle (takes for-ev-er) to get to the Cerberus Gendarme for our dose of cragging.
We got there and it was sunny and a little warm, but not a soul in sight.
On to the warm-up, Jeff gets his lead on Cave Crack. Fun!
Shawny was up to follow it next
Then I ran a lap and cleaned it and we were off climb Squeeze Play - my lead! And that route wasn't playin'
What a beautiful line and an incredible climb (one of the few times my hands have ever cramped from hand jamming), Desert Splitters don't play!!!!!!
While I was leading and Jeff was belaying, Shawn made friends with a lizard (and fed him a bug he killed) which he named "Lizard Bro"
Shawn also found a block at the base shaped like Nevada - of import since all three of us live in the Silver State
Next at bat was Shawn to second
Jeff ran a lap and then we packed up and went around to Tails of Fails first pitch which weighs in solidly in the 5.10 grade. Second pitch reportedly is about 11+ - I'll wait for that one until I'm a big boy, considering that the first pitch was pretty tough as well. Desert cracks are WAY sustained!
After my go on the sustained crack, Jeff took a quick lap
Once we were done with Tails of Fails P1, we took the shuttle back, had a beer and some chips at the river, and then had dinner at Roberto's in St. George and back to Vegas we went!
What a blast, my first time climbing any true 'desert splitters' aside from The Fox here. They are burly and SO fun! Can't wait for more trips to UT to get on 'em. Totally a different animal from some of the splitters in the valley, even.