After arriving at the Sand Gulch campground at 11pm on Thursday night we met up with the rest of the gang and hit the sack under a cloudy sky. Friday morning we awoke to some unexpected snow. I hadn't put the rain fly on our tent until 6am when I awoke to see a blanket of snow covering the mesh on the top of our tent. I punched it all off, got out, put on the fly and went back to bed for two hours.
The snow did make for some beautiful scenery. That's Spiney Ridge.
The snow was melting fast but I took many photos before it all melted
We all headed to Cactus Cliffs and The Gym area. Hagen on "Gastoned Again" (5.9+)
Walking along the base of Spiney Ridge with Cactus Cliffs in the background
Hagen crusing the classic bolted crack (oh, the horror!) of "I Claudius" (5.11a)
Rumsey climbing more bolted crack on "Raven" (5.9) (I think that's the route he's on)
"Those three 5.12- on-sights were a bit easy...what's next?"
Rick surveying the scene
Schraad on belay duty
Shootin' a gu before the send of "I Lean" (5.11a)
Claudia climbing "Funkdamental" a very fun and wild 5.11b
Allison punching through the roof of "I Lean" (5.11a)
Brandon on the lower part of a 5.11+
Rick on the super classic "Lats Don't Have Feelings" (5.11c)
Wheat looking sharp before getting on the sharp rock of "Third Stage"
Keeping a careful eye on the climber is easy with those glasses
Mike on the slabby fun route "Third Stage" (5.10c)
Fritz surveying the moves on "Baroque Period" (5.8)
Finishing up on "Baroque Period"
Gabriela takes a turn on "Baroque Period" (5.8)
Nicole enjoying awesome pockets on "Period Piece" (5.8) at The Menses Prow
Cody busting out through the crux of "Baroque Period" (5.8)
For Cody, every route is reachy!
Fritz on the top of "Pueblos Gringos" (5.10b)
Brandon reaching between cool features on the great rock of "Period Piece" (5.8)
Fritz starts up "The Big Chill" (5.10c) as Josh starts up "Lunch at the Y" (5.11c)
Josh working through the crux of "Lunch at the Y" (5.11c)
There's a new route just left of the classic "Menses" (5.10d) and even after Rick broke off a chunk at the top I had to try it. It turned out to be pretty fun and about as difficult as "Menses" but not as polished
Claudia on "No Passion For Fashion (a.k.a. The Route that Jason Tore His Labrum on in 2009)" (5.11b). Claudia suffered no such ill will and cruised it.
Gabriela starting up "Lunch at the Y" for her successful flash
Getting started on "Light Days" (5.11a)
Gabriela figures out the crux of "Light Days" (5.11a)
Devin watching something with great interest
Mr. Smith getting into it on "First Strike" (5.11b)
Josh successfully through the roof of "Chiba Chiba" (5.12a)
Only one photo from our last day of the trip. Claudia cruising "The Apple Bites Back" (5.11c) at Sand Gulch. A superb route.