Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Rock Climbing in the Moab Desert

Spent last weekend over in Moab, climbing with Bill from California. It was his first experience climbing the unique sandstone of this area. With some specific instruction on different hand and foot jamming techniques, pointers on combining these techniques into movement sequences, and a few practice laps; Bill was climbing right up some challenging cracks. 

We started off at the very popular Wall Street area. We were the first ones there and were able to jump around and climb exactly the routes we wanted all day. We alternated between classic slab routes like Snake Slab 5.8, and classic crack routes like the Flakes of Wrath 5.9+. Each of these routes has different opportunities for learning different skills. We had an awesome first day with over 10 pitches of sandstone sweetness!
The Snake Slab 5.8+, Wall Street
The Flakes of Wrath 5.9+, Wall Street
 We wrapped up the trip with the world famous and very unique Ancient Art Tower. Located in the Fisher Towers outside of Moab, Ancient Art is a twisted spire of Cutler Sandstone that appears to defy the laws of gravity. After a couple pitches of bolted face and fun chimney climbing we were positioned under the final column in the sky. Everything was very fun and Bill enjoyed his momentary perch high above the desert floor.
Bill starting up the final pitch on the Stolen Chimney II 5.9 A0, Ancient Art, Fisher Towers
Don't Slip! Bill braves the exposure and has a stand on top!
Sweet trip! Thanks Bill!
Cheers, CC