I have a few days left in this climbing heaven. Most days we drop Benny at the Doggy Dude Ranch and head to the park gates. We load up on the bus with other tourists and go to crack climbing school. Jamin and I are focused on the very worthy, ‘Moonlight Buttress’, while Evan and Colin hit up the variety of classic sandstone multi-pitch routes.
Our friend, Jesse Huey, left this great note for us on our first day on ‘the buttress’. His enthusiasm is very inspiring. I feel super lucky to get to know this route. Every pitch is worthy. Jasmin has sent the two pitches I am somewhat terrified of. (thank you Jasmin!) They involve fairly sustained 0.5 camalots, or ‘ring-locks’ and I have not mastered this technique. Although, I am learning how to: ‘tape for size’. ; )
We smile a lot everyday here in this amazingly beautiful landscape. Every so often we look away from the cracks to see gi-normous condors or spec-tabulous fall colors on the trees.
In the evening, we camp, “down by the river”. Sipping on 3.2% utah cold ones and keeping ourselves entertained in Evan and Jasmin’s truck camper.
In a couple days, I head back north to either slashing rain on the coast or manky ice climbing in the rockies, either will be great because I will get to see my loved ones.