Sunday we drove from Pocatello, ID to the City of Rocks. It was a pretty poor weather day in Southern Idaho so we took our time getting there. After we setup camp, with a 9:00pm sunset time, we had time to go explore and climb a route that evening.
But prior to arriving at City of Rocks, Bill and I ran in the Pocatello 54 mile trail race on Saturday. It was a muddy, snowy and wet course. Those socks were brand spanking new and white prior to the start and this is after I hosed my feet off after finishing.
Water logged and dirty feet
Our sweet site for the first night. We had reservations and the site I really wanted wasn't available Sunday night so I went with my backup favorite site. We'd move camp the next day to the ultimate site for the rest of the week
Looks like a group shot of a band
Our first route of a trip, a steep, juggy 5.10- called Deez Nutz, er, Deez Guys, on Slabbage Patch
Claudia on Deez Guys
Sunset on Sunday night
Monday morning after a windy night. Snow and temperatures in the mid-30s
So we moved to the ultimate site near Lookout Rock. A great view and good privacy.
We ended up chilled and with numb fingers just from moving camp that morning so we drove the short distance down into Almo for some time in the Durfee Hot Springs
Followed by pizza and beer at Rock City in Almo
And then it cleared up in the afternoon so we headed to the lower lying rock of Castle Rocks State Park. Claudia is on Pollo Negro, 5.10b
Sunset over Castle Rock
Chris having Too Much Fun (5.8) on Bumblie Rock
Claudia after the dyno start of Short Circuit (5.10a) on Transformer
The next day dawned perfect
Bill waking up
With nice weather we headed up to the Breadloaves. Claudia getting high on Twist and Crawl (5.8)
Fritzy placing her own pro on Intruding Dike (5.7)
Bill takes a spin on Twist and Crawl
We headed down to Window Rock to get out of the afternoon wind. I was intrigued by this route's description of a "Yosemite Style Crack" (Harvest, 5.10d). The short, steep crux crack near the top maybe but the lower part, hmmm..
Lunching at the car
Claudia busting through the upper part of the cool arete route Cairo (5.11a)
That evening Claudia, Bill and I scrambled the 5.5 Lookout Ridge route to the top of Lookout Point in some pretty gnarly wind. Our campsite is up there at the end of the ridge. Pretty sweet.
The view from Lookout Point is pretty sweet. I felt like I could see nearly every named rock in the City from the summit
Looking up the canyon towards the upper end of the City
Nice water holes on the lower ridge of Lookout Point
Chris brought a shit-ton of wood and with the cold nights we were much appreciative
The next day was iffy weather in the morning so we went for a hike in the light snow to some remote rocks in Castle Rocks State Park. This is Hunter cruising up Pork Chop (5.9) on Heffalump
Fritzy busting through the slab crux of Piglet Tip Toes (5.9), Heffalump
We had dinner in the snow that night
But spirits were obviously high
Dinner was fried chicken and baked potatoes along with some sauteed veggies that Claudia whipped up
Eat the potatoes so we can crank up the fire!
But then, the sky cleared and we enjoyed some nice evening light
The Twin Sisters
More Twin Sisters viewing in color...
And black and white
Steinfell's Dome is the awesome dome on the right. The smaller formation just left of it is called Jackson's Thumb. There's a fine 4-pitch sport route on Jackson's Thumb called "Theater of Shadows" named after the shadows cast in the late evening, see
Looking at Granite Mountain and Steinfell's Dome from our camp
That night was a clear, cold night resulting in a hard frost
But it warmed up quick so we headed for Steinfell's Dome. Allison and Hunter would climb Theater of Shadows. Bill and Chris would climb Sinocranium on Steinfell's while Claudia and I would climb an "adventure route" called "Southern Arches" from the toe of the dome.
Looking up the route Claudia and I would climb. The first pitch involved moderate but runout slab climbing. The second pitch was steep and better featured.
Claudia coming up the runout slabbing on P1
Claudia climbing the steeper second pitch past the only fixed gear of the route, an old button head...
Better than nothing, we suppose
On top of Steinfell's with a great view
Later we headed to a more obscure formation called Lion's Head. Fritz heading up P1 (5.9) of Hakuna Matada. The second pitch, 12a, was thin crimping on sharp holds. I still incurred tiny blood blisters on three of my fingers from it.
Hunter on the second pitch of Lion of Judah (5.10b)
Bill on a new unknown climb that was about 5.9
We ended the day with a couple routes on the west face of Building Blocks (Scraps, 5.11a, and Lego, 5.10a). The middle portion of awesome patina plates was awesome.
Our last day of the trip found us at Elephant Rock for a couple super classics there. Claudia goes up the scary cool flake of Rye Crisp (5.8)
Hunter heads up the equally classic line of Wheat Thin (5.7)
Chris doing some slabbing on Just Say No (5.9)
Chris on the Gallstone climbing a fine route called "Conceptual Reality" (5.9)
My turn on the classic Rye Crisp.
The flake of Rye Crisp defies logic. Just above my head here it is so thin it feels it could just snap. Yet it holds...for now.