After a set of plans to go to Zion and try my hand at the wall game there fell through, I scrambled to fill my weekend's agenda with some climbing. Part of the reason for the Zion trip was that I wanted to avoid the hell out of the Red Rock Rendezvous and was unsure of the scope of not only the rendezvous itself (fairly limited), but also the tangential crowding associated with it and high season here.
I called up one of my weekday after-work partners to see if he wanted to have an adventure, Travis was game.
When considering my options I wanted something fairly mellow but also entertaining and adventurous - and with a rep of being so (in my mind, this would keep the crowds at bay; more on this later)
Travis came by my house at about 6:30, we loaded up his truck and drove down the road a little bit. Adventure in the park, with a beautiful forecast ahead of us.
A proper soundtrack for the following photos (as it was being blasted from the parking lot by someone's car stereo):
Long story short, we had a blast in perfect weather - what a fun route! Anyone climbing in the 9+ range should give it a go.
Oh yeah, the crowds...there were 5 parties on this route today, pretty astounding to me. The two parties I spoke to had similar intentions....alas, we were foiled in our plannings but the distribution of parties was such that it really wasn't a problem.
Time to shut up and post pics!
¡lagartija! - he was hanging out with us on the palatial ledge at the base of the Crescent Chimney pitch
T-Pain getting his wiggle on
Looking up at the middle pitches
WML sampling some of the finest
Outstanding conditions prevailed
I'm checkin it out, I'm feelin' the breeze and everybody on the plane lookin' at me
Moving past the last of the real difficulties on the best pitch of the climb; everything that is awesome in Red Rock climbing is represented in some form on this pitch
T-Pain on top of Frigid Air Buttress
Travis (L) and I (R) all grins atop Frigid Air Buttress
This route is super fun, Travis and I both had a blast on it; We also both thought the 5.9 4th pitch was harder than the 5.9+ 7th pitch. Either way, was a super classic, varied, and adventurous route. 5 stars!
Big Mike, I look forward to you being back in full action and joining your fellow countrymen in their perpetual vacations here in LV. Seriously though, how do you guys get so much vacation time? LOL. Every other person I run into in the canyons is a Canuck.
Mike - The first part of that "bunch of bums" was my initial thought!
Glad to hear you should be able to operate your business at close to full capacity, and are rearing to go. Your positive outlook throughout the whole ordeal has been inspiring. What is your business, btw?
Nice.. Mr E. and I headed out to Frigid Air Buttress a few years back for the same reason. we thought.. flat approach, moderate climbing, no crowds.. looks good. Fun climb. The climb went off without a hitch.. the decent on the other hand... was definitely... memorable.