Trip Report
Utah climbing Photo TR plus some other goodies (OFF TOPIC)
Saturday December 27, 2008 11:40pm
Another TR in a vain attempt to see some climbing content in this fake climbers' forum!

So I went to Utah, Nevada and Arizona for 6 weeks in October and November.

Climbing some .7 chimney on Off Balanced rock at Arches. I retreated shortly after this shot. Humbling, but the 90 foot runout had me skairt. You know how some chimneys, you can't fall out of? This wasn't one of them. You fall, you could fall into hell itself.

Leading Chinese Eyes at Arches. The crack was cool, but the rock there stinks! As a contact lens wearer, getting an eye full of sand every time you place a cam STINKS.

Ok, enough complaining. Arches is beautiful! Go there!

Indian Creek social scene:

Indian Creek from the summit of Easter Island in the bridger jacks:

Long arm of our protagonist on top of Easter Island

As usual, had tons of fun and met some great people. We found John from Index wandering around the base, checking things out. We told him to get his stuff, and handed him the rope. Gorilla:

Yours truly starting up Dos Hermanos:

Some poor quality vid shot by some buddys down the canyon of me whipping out of the roof:

Redpointing feels good!

hamming it up at Landscape Arch in arches NP on a rest day

hardwoman Melissa heroically coils the rope

she doesn't just coil rope, she racks cams!

just kidding. She totally coasted the Excuse Station, one of the purer splitters in a sea of pure splitters

Coolin the guns on Ancient Art. We did the ascent beer to beer at the Moab Brewery in 2:20. Not bad!

Yeah it was fun. here I am with the rack we used:

John and I after we finished. Great guy and a great partner, hope to climb with you up in Index dude!

Another rest day adventure, driving up the road past Jughandle Arch, just past maverick buttress. Maverick!

Another great partner, Clay from Ft. Fun. We had a terrific couple days crushing the thin hands trifecta of Top Sirloin, Excuse Station and Pente. Sweeeeeet.

Driving south, had to stop at Goblin Valley State Park. Goblins!

I got a snicker from this roadside Utah political sign

Frosty bivi outside Bryce Canyon:

Bryce is nyce:

One shot of Zion. I was too sick to get out and hike, so just gaped from the road. Can't wait to go back.

Sunset at Paradise Forks:

Matt from Flagstaff crusing the Dope Lounge at Kelly Canyon, a terrific sandstone bouldering area 5 miles from Flagstaff

We had a fun crew out at Kelly

I headed down to Sedona. Did some fun bouldering at an area called the Anvil Boulders just north of town. Longarm:

did a day of climbing at Queen Creek outside of Phoenix... neat spot! But, had to get back home. Took the senic route up big sur:

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caughtinside is a social climber from Davis, CA.

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Trad climber
Grand Junction, CO
  Dec 27, 2008 - 11:49pm PT
My friend! On off balanced rock you tunnel deep into the Chimney and there is a crack going up the inside of it! A secret revealed.

Trad climber
the flat water trails...
  Dec 27, 2008 - 11:53pm PT
Sweet! Thanks for sharing!!


Sport climber
Golf Wall, CO
  Dec 27, 2008 - 11:54pm PT
Looks like a way fun time. Who cares if you're WAY off topic? Keep this up and some of us just might try some of that climbin' stuff...

Social climber
Oakland, CA
Author's Reply  Dec 27, 2008 - 11:58pm PT
oh man! Thanks for that Jesse. I was up there forever!! I tunneled in a bit, but didn't see anything. I looked up, couldn't see anything for over 30 feet and I was already twenty feet above a crap yellow alien in crumbling Entrada. I looked down, and the chimney was 4' or wider, and I couldn't see the bottom. Yikes!
Captain...or Skully

Boise, ID
  Dec 28, 2008 - 12:35am PT
Good stuff there, Caught....Man, to be in the big Redlands.

Trad climber
Hustle City
  Dec 28, 2008 - 03:45am PT
Sounds like a superb adventure. Thanks for sharing.

Social climber
WA, NC, Idaho Falls
  Dec 28, 2008 - 10:42am PT
nice tr beautiful pictures. We need more political content though!

Social climber
Oakland, CA
Author's Reply  Dec 28, 2008 - 12:29pm PT
I watched election coverage nov 4 at McStiffs in Moab!

Trad climber
The state of confusion
  Dec 28, 2008 - 03:36pm PT
Nice. . .
except watching election returns, that is!


Great report!

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Dec 28, 2008 - 07:46pm PT
What a cool trip! Thanks for letting us 'see' it!
Captain...or Skully

Boise, ID
  Dec 28, 2008 - 07:49pm PT
Yeah, man....Those 'bicker boys' miss a lotta cool shizz.
Guess that's more for us(?)

Super TR.

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
  Dec 30, 2008 - 09:34am PT
Awesome, Dave! You're having so much fun right now.

You left out my favorite pic.

Dave being Twitchy. (The plaque edits were not ours...but could have been.):

Guess how I pulled the roof?

Dave returned after I left to send proudly.

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Dec 30, 2008 - 10:28am PT
Great pics, thanks!

Trad climber
  Dec 30, 2008 - 11:28am PT
Very fun.

Thanks for posting it and breaking up my morning grind. :)


Trad climber
western slope Co.
  Dec 30, 2008 - 01:55pm PT
Nice trip, thanks for the TR.
handsome B

Gym climber
  Dec 30, 2008 - 02:02pm PT
thanks for the TR!

Oakland, CA
  Feb 13, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
  Feb 28, 2017 - 09:53am PT
Getting ready for a southwest road trip, nice TR, thanks. Anvil boulders look fun.
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