We had driven out Thursday night and arrived at the great, free camping area around 11:30pm. This is Friday morning. For Friday it was just Allison, Hagen, Claudia and I. Many other friends would arrive Friday night.
Breakfast sandwiches and coffee got us fueled up to climb
We went to a wall we'd never been to, The Lost World. Longer, more run-out routes on less great stone. Still, it was fun. This is Allison rappeling our first route of the day, a 5.9 called Wine Enema.
Claudia up on a very fun 5.10b called Papa Don't Take No Meds
Now Claudia heads up what we thought was the best route on the wall for us that day, "Blood Chemistry Adjustment" (5.10d)
Hagen's last route of the day, "Nitros Oxide" (5.11c)
Saturday morning we all headed to the Cracker Jack Cliffs and a wall with a good concentration of great routes. Hagen on "Caramel Coated Fun" (5.11c). This route has a great series of moves through the crux.
And the upper roof on the route has plenty of sharp rock up above!
Anna on a super fun route with a steep, juggy start and more technical finish, "Jack and the Beanstalk" (5.11b)
Gary stylin' it on "Jumbo Jack" (5.10b)
A beautiful and busy day at the Cracker Jack Cliffs
Paul on belay duty
Claudia climbing the very entertaining "Jack Jumped" (5.11a). The route passes three roofs with some nice laybacking in the middle. This was my first 5.11 route at Jacks many moons ago and holds a special feeling for me.
Katie making the fun moves on "Jill and Drill" (5.10a) look nice and smooth
Paul busting up "Jumbo Jack" (5.10b)
Hagen finishing up over the final roof of "Jack Jumped" (5.11a)
Anna starting up "Jumbo Jack" (5.10b)
Nearing the finish of "Jumbo Jack" (5.10b)
Despite what I catch myself saying all the time, tall guys can surmount roofs. Grant proves it on "Jack of All Trades" (5.11c)
The end of day hike out of the canyon is always bittersweet. The fun of climbing is done but the beer and talk with friends around the campfire begins.
Gary, Paul and Anna hard at work on dinner
Keith and Gabriela rehydrating
Lauren, Grant and Katie
Hagen and Claudia had a pimped out boulder pad couch to lounge on
A beautiful sunset seen from the canyon rim
Holy shit, a psychotic rabbit