Trip Report
Short Springtime fun at City of Rocks!
Monday June 6, 2011 8:54pm
Springtime started at "The City" on June 3rd and ended early on June 6th.

We caught two days of spring.

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We climbed a little and hiked a little, re-united with some old friends and a bunch of new friends for a Sunday night party, and retreated early Monday when the winds started gusting.

Tornado alert a hundred miles west of COR in Idaho today.

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Sunset was significant!

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For southern sunset,we had some of the best lenticular clouds I've ever seen-------or maybe disguised flying saucers hovering over Utah?

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About the Author
Fritz is a trad climber from Choss Creek, ID.


Trad climber
Douglas, WY
  Jun 6, 2011 - 08:57pm PT
Ahhhh! The rope gun getting in shape!

Trad climber
Boise, ID
  Jun 6, 2011 - 09:08pm PT
Cheers to you!!!

Your group was braver than my family - we bailed.

Trad climber
  Jun 6, 2011 - 09:13pm PT

Good work!

What a great place

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Author's Reply  Jun 6, 2011 - 11:10pm PT
Sunday morning was the "slow morning."

The sun didn't make it over our rock formation until about 10:00 AM, and I got up at 6:30.

The day was breezy, but warm: just like spring is supposed to be.

Stein has a new "photo-project."

He is working on a "portfolio" of residents of his very-small , Idaho semi-ghost-mining town: posing in straitjackets.

He was eloquent about why we should agree to pose for him.

Stein should be "in sales."

Heidi agreed to be famous----who wouldn't want to be?

After Heidi posed: I strongly suggested it was time to go climbing.
Stein suggested I was perhaps insecure, and “self-conflicted.”

I replied that I thought he was using the straitjacket photos as an excuse to avoid climbing.

He reminded me that we had been friends since 1967, and why shouldn’t ------I trust him.

I retorted: can't we just go climbing?

Ohhhhhhh Kriiiiisst! They got me in the Straitjacket.

You have to trust your old friends.

Trad climber
Elk Creek, Idaho
  Jun 6, 2011 - 11:26pm PT
Great photos !
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
  Jun 7, 2011 - 01:24am PT

I hope to catch up with you next June. I've got COR w/Fritz tentatively penciled in for June from here on out.

Hopefully better weather next year too. ;-)

  Jun 7, 2011 - 03:41am PT
You folks seem to know how to cheat death in style. However, you also appear to be nuts! Thanks for the TR and photos.

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Author's Reply  Jun 7, 2011 - 12:04pm PT
Straitjacket aside, it was time to go climbing, oops hiking and climbing. I threw a rope, rock shoes, 3 slings, and a blue Camalot in my pack: with the thought that we could do something easy, and get down without jumping.
We had a great hike and superb, up high in the city, views on a warm, windy day.

I finally found an inviting spot to climb a rock near the very top of COR.

No takers. Nice views though.

Absolutely the most lenticular clouds I've ever seen in Idaho. Guess they were not all flying saucers, but instead were weather predictors.

After we returned to our vehicle, we found a note tucked under the windshield wiper from Kim & Pete. They had arrived at 2:00 and were climbing at Bath Rock.

Luckily, Private Idaho and Rollercoaster had youths running laps on them.

We watched our rope rockets Kim and Pete take turns leading Colossus. It is nice to see good climbers climb well.

Then it was time for camp and the International Climbers party. Fun Canadians, a French babe, an especially convivial SLC- Brit, and some interesting Wyoming, Idaho, Utah folks frolicked into the evening. Damn near too much fun for an old guy, but I lasted until 10:30 or so.

Sorry, I forgot to take party photos.

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
  Jun 7, 2011 - 12:15pm PT
Looks like a fun place to climb!

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Jun 7, 2011 - 12:35pm PT
What beautiful stone.

Nice pictures and nice work Fritz!!

Thank you sooooo much for putting up actual fun climbing content.
You may have to be reprimanded for driving down poli-squabble threads.

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
  Jun 7, 2011 - 02:24pm PT
Great pics to get a better idea of what COR is like.

And the straightjackets... it's interesting how readily I will place my life in another's hands to belay and lower me when I climb something, but the straightjacket might bring up more trust issues!
Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
  Jun 7, 2011 - 03:26pm PT

Trad climber
Triumph, Idaho
  Jun 7, 2011 - 07:03pm PT

Fritz showing some restraint.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jun 7, 2011 - 08:46pm PT
Awesome fritz, love the pics and love the strait jacket.
Is the strait Jacket emblematic of your friendship or relationships?....:) What would freud say???

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Author's Reply  Jun 7, 2011 - 09:14pm PT
Ezra: I am not good at diagnosing the deeper meaning of strange stuff I do.

It took a lot of "peer group pressure" and good salesmanship to get me in the straitjacket. Then, since I was in the "eye of the camera" ---I made appropriate faces and hammed it up: in hopes of a quick release.

Stein said: violent refusal of the proffered jacket and ensuing photos, is far more common than acceptance.

The bastard! I found a rock in my pack this morning, that he had slipped in during our hike.

My revenge is to post the photo of him using a horse to get into a remote climbing area in the Sawtooths in 2006.

Hey! Thanks for sharing your comments everyone!

We do try to have—and be fun!
scuffy b

heading slowly NNW
  Jun 8, 2011 - 12:47pm PT
I like this trip report for a number of reasons.
The one that I will point out is that the Chiloe string-em-along
method is employed.
Much more effective than dumping the entire content on us at the

Thanks, Fritz!
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
  Oct 17, 2011 - 12:40am PT