Happy Fourth of July! We cloud cover all day keeping the temperature nice and cool. The only other group in the canyon left in the afternoon leaving us with the canyon to ourselves for the rest of the trip
Allison gets the trip started with a run up Chesire Cat, a pumpy 5.10
Nat working up the Tower's classic 5.11, Grendel
Cloud cover means great, flat light for photography
A few more pumpy moves on Grendel before the rest on the small ledge
Allison cranking on Grendel
Top out moves on Grendel, yee-haw!
My project for the last two trips down there, Rumplestiltskin. I sent it this trip, yahoo!
Fritz on her send of Rumplestiltskin. We both had reason to celebrate that night.
Nat on his flash attempt of Rumplestiltskin after nearly a month off from climbing
A bit of air time
I was working to figure out a hip-scum rest in the shallow dihedral. It sorta worked.
The tower climbs are just so cool. Here I'm catching my breathe before heading into the crux of Rumplestiltskin (5.12a)
Once Upon a Time is one of the pumpiest 5.11s I've been on. Nat's about to find out.
Scenic and serene
Nat in the business of Once Upon a Time
Just as we got back down to camp for a late lunch, a light rainstorm came in for a couple hours. We enjoyed the cool afternoon while reading and/or napping
The rain stopped and we headed up for a few more routes in the evening. Allison starts up Prima Donna
And then, next, the super steep but all too short Pogue's Arete
Finishing Pogue's Arete after exiting the steep cave
Nat on the very steep (and sharp!) climbing of Pogue's Arete
Looking stylish in that tie-dye shirt on Ooey Gooey
More Ooey Gooey action
Late day light on the Enchanted Tower with dark storm clouds in the background
Thursday morning we got in a number of routes before heading home. Allison cranks through the bouldery crux of Houkah, a fun 5.11+
Higher on Houkah Allison finds the big jubs below the roof
Nat just hanging out on Never Never Land
The very stout crux of Never Never Land comes after forty feet of damn steep 5.11 climbing
Pulling out of the steep climbing and into the runout 5.7 climbing on Never Never Land