The visitor center at the VLA had some exhibits and information explaining why all those white dishes are dotting the fields.
On-demand video action!
The walking tour included the sound reflection exhibit. Allison could whisper into this dish and I could hear her loud and clear from 50 feet way.
Allison mimics the dish.
Holding a dish with one hand takes mad strength.
From the VLA we finished the drive to Enchanted Tower and setup camp. Much of the climbing faces west so we were in no particular hurry to get there. Beautiful fall colors added to the allure of the area. We were the only people there initially but later some sponsored hard climbers showed up and got busy.
We did two routes (both on the right side) in this cove on the east side of the Frog Prince--Dark Passage, 5.10d, and Unknown 5.10b. Both were quite fun.
Allison leading up Dark Passage, 5.10d. The routes here looked more intimidating and difficult than they turned out to be.
Allison on the unknown 5.10b.
Just about to top-out on the Unknown 5.10b.
We climbed an enjoyable 5.11b/c route called Golden Stairs on this south face of the Enchanted Tower. A really enjoyable route.
Allison starts up Witch's Promise, 5.11b, near the Sleeping Beauty wall.
Witch's Promise action.
An unknown climber on a late day ascent of the tower.
Cooking up breakfast burritos on Saturday morning after 12 hours of sleep (yes, 12!) on a cool night.
Look at that sausage, Pattie!
Red pointing fuel!
Allison leading up Grendel, 5.11b/c, a fabulous climb on the Tower.
We both led this route, Pogues Arete, a steep jug haul of a route. In order to clean the draws Allison had to re-climb it on TR because it's a bear to clean while being lowered.
This was a fun 5.10b, Prima Donna, in the Pogues Cave area.
Getting cleaned up at camp before heading home. Camping is nice and free on national forest land.