We drove in to Red Rock NCA just after sunrise. The triangular peak on the left is Rainbow Peak, our summit was behind the rounded ridge just to the right. (Photo by Aron)
Aron and CP on the way up the Tree Spring.
A natural bridge high up the canyon wall.
There was a spot where people had left rocks in the wall, and we added ours to the collection. (Photo by Aron)
Some thoughtful person had already left a rock with "EZ" on it, saving me the trouble. (Photo by Aron)
Every tock in this place was unique, and gorgeous in it's own way. (Photo by Aron)
(Photo by Aron)
The Terrace Garden, a place with beauty that's really difficult to capture photographically, especially with so little light at the bottom. It was from here that our outing got much more vertical.
Our first somewhat technical ascent. (Photo by Aron)
Without a doubt, this is the most technical climbing I've ever done. Some thoughtless person left a rope fixed here. I'm proud to say that I didn't use it once. Aron and CP provided invaluable advice on technique. There's no way in hell I'd have ever gotten up this if left to my own devices. (Photo by Aron)
This section had a lot more hand and footholds. More importantly, it was in the sun!
Back in the shadows, and the snow that was present for the rest of the ascent. (Photo by Aron)
The views just kept getting better and better with each section of climbing. (Photo by Aron)
CP's least graceful move of the day, especially when viewed from behind. (Photo by Aron)
The last scramble up to the summit. (Photo by Aron)
The Terrace Peak summit. We all logged pseudonyms in the book in the ammo can.
A well-deserved snack break at the summit.
We followed this slick, steep wash down for quite a ways, back out through another creek, and then 3 miles of trail back to the car. We probably covered about 12 linear miles, with around 6000 total feet of climbing. A phenomenal day, many thanks to Aron and CP!
A couple of days later, we hit a trail on the edge of Phoenix at sunrise with some friends of Aron's from Intel.
Aron, me, and Aaron.
Aaron, Aron, and Eric at the high point of our hike.