Thursday, November 10, 2011

Priest Draw, Flagstaff, Arizona

Bouldering on overhanging limestone roofs with pockets.  What's not to like here?

We were fortunate to spend two days here in the amazing city of Flagstaff.  There are not a whole lot of problems at Priest Draw, but the quality is amazing--and luckily the snow didn't bother us or the top outs too much.

Amanda took a few really cool shots with her fish eye lens, so enjoy her exposures.

We are leaving tomorrow morning for Sedona where I will attempt Mission to Mars.  An 80 foot .12d sport route that I've wanted to do for a long time--and the last must do route of the trip.

Then--gasp--we will be heading down to El Paso to meet up with the lovely Annie Bills and her bearded wild man Benny for the culmination of our time on the road at the world famous Hueco Tanks.  Expect lots of photos...until then.

As my old boss would say:  "It's jug city, and I'm the mayor."

Onsighting Anorexic, V6.

Middle section of Twister, V5.

Inching closer to the unique topout of Twister.

This is how the top out of Twister starts.  Seriously feet first.

Floorpie--Vhard.  'Nuff Said.

What two guys are going to be hangin' out come Christmas mornin'?

These two guys!
Miss you bro, can't wait to spend some quality time together this holiday!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Joe's Valley, Orangeville, Utah

What has happened?

It used to be I was the one that gave Amanda beta (beta: secret movement to solve a rock climb).  Now I'm workin' the v6's while she is workin' the v9's!

Joe's Valley sandstone is world class, and Amanda is feeling the friction.  With an onsight of a v7 that I couldn't lift my can off the ground, and several v5 onsights, and rippin' highballs with no guff. The woman is tickin' boulder problems like she has been climbing her whole life.

Makes me proud to see her rip it up like this.  She has been climbing strong the whole trip, but ever since we got to Joe's, she has been climbing super strong.

I've been doing pretty well too, but that goes without saying...

Today we awoke to a light snow flurry, enjoyed it for a moment, then moved on to coffee and a library.  We are in Castledale right now, with a little wi-fi to put up a few photos.  Enjoy.

nice panoramic shot of the van--so spacey!

Lowtide, V7, down by the river...awesome line.

Team Effort V8.

Team Effort.

Bring the Heatwole, V7.  Really cool.

Amanda crushing the first moves of Heatwole.  Getting into the kneebar.

"I'm crushing your head"

Amanda on Arma, V7.

Another on Arma.

Another short of Lowtide.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Check this out #6

Here is a video of me onsighting "I Love Monkeys", all V3 of it!  Video taken by our new friend Arone, who also makes sick crashpads (  Awesome problem with some consequences if you fall off the top!