rock climbing, Joshua Tree

23 02 2009

Spent the past week rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park with Meredith (these are her pictures). Scraped up my knuckles a lot. Meredith continues to grumble about my Metolius Mastercams. Had some good weather, some bad. We continue to have a unique ability to turn a trivial 5.3 multipitch into a 5.10a splitter crack half-day epic with a pretty solid overhanging lead fall (thank you, yellow Alien). By the end of the trip we were more dialed in and having a really great time. Morning climbs were all frozen numb hands and feet, but the afternoon weather got to be outstanding – shirtsleeves and no winter hats. I have a couple pics up too:



2 responses

27 02 2009

For the record, Ripples–the one we did on Turtle Rock–is a 5.7, not a 5.3. So really we managed to turn a 5.7 into a 10a splitter crack. Randy Voegel is to blame; check out this VERY CLEAR beta photo that shows just how off route we were after pitch 1. In the book I remember it looking like we had to stay left. Oops. And there’s your splitter in the photo… way out there… nowhere near the route.

1 03 2009

Just passing by.Btw, your website have great content!

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