Friday we started our hike into the Black Velvet Wall around 7:30am.
Black Velvet Wall is the dark colored wall low and near center of this photo. “Dream of Wild Turkeys” goes up the obvious vertical light colored gash in the middle of Black Velve Wall.
Beautiful canyon just for hiking.
Fourth class slabs on the approach to the base of the climb.
Looking straight up the Black Velvet Wall. “Dream of Wild Turkeys” goes from lower left following the angling crack right to a short face traverse to the big gash and then up.
Roger leading nearby on “Sour Mash”, 5.10a.
Roger gettin' down to business on the 5.10a crux area of the first pitch of “Sour Mash”.
Looking down the enjoyable, angling crack of pitch 2 on “Dream of Wild Turkeys”.
A closer view of the second ptich of “Dream of Wild Turkeys”.
The party in front of us working the short, traverse pitch 3.
Waiting for the party ahead of us to vacate the belay, I constructed a temporary belay so that I could un-weight my feet and rest a moment.
A climber on the neighboring climb “The Gobbler”.
Allison following pitch 2 on Dream of Wild Turkeys.
After waiting entirely way too long for the slower party in front of us, we rappelled down off the route after three pitches. This was very disappointing but this rappel over the big roof was a blast!
After bailing off “Dream of Wild Turkeys” we had time to climb Sands Felipe on a neighboring wall. This was a super fun, long bolted 5.9+ route with great edges in dark patina.
Fritzy getting jiggy.
After we hiked out we rendezvoused with my mom and Matt at the first pullout on the scenic loop for some climbing at “Mark's Beginner Area”. MGA was a fun area with a couple of 5.6 routes and a good 5.8 route. The rock seemed a little more brittle than most areas.
Mom starting up the 5.6 route while Roger leads up the 5.8 (upper left corner of photo.)
The upper section of the 5.6 climb had a lot of cool features to use as holds.
At the bottom of the 5.8 climb Bill found a creative yet probably poor gear placement.
But he seemed confident it would hold a downward pull.
Matt climbed the 5.6 climb as well and did great.
The crux of this route was right about the middle of the climb at a small bulge.
Mom starting up the 5.8 route.
Lots of cool horizontal edges down low made for fun climbing.
Looking for feet!
Some dark varnished rock on the edge of the climb left some great edge-plate holds.
And she's done it!