Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Escape Artists


Now, here's a little story I'd like to tell about escaping the winter....

Moe's Valley, St. George, UT


Everyone found a way to show some skin to the sun gods.

 
The pants had to go back on eventually...

 Jeff topping out Israil with a grin.
Then the sun went down and we hiked up to Escape Artist v13. Thankfully Jeff brought lights and Blake knew how to set them up :)

 Jeff on Escape Artist (v13)

 Jeff and Blake...why don't I have any photos of Land???

 My attempts on Escape Artist were futile as I tried super high feet and attempted campusing which doesn't really work. After Moe's Valley, we headed to Vegas where I had only climbed at the Kraft boulders one time.
 Here we are at Seek and Destroy (v10). The start is this dangle above an imminent carnage drop. But with this guy spotting you have unlimited courage.

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Blake Hendrix making a perfect catch as Diana Jensen floats down.

Me doing the moves through to the crux of Seek and Destroy


 It almost looks like Blake is giving me a hug.
Matt Irving almost sending Seek and Destroy




Vegas is a trippy place. 

Third day on was full of shananagans. We must have spent an two hours on or in this boulder.

Jeff, Matt, and Diana
Diana opting to climb Jeff

Matt was supposed to be taking a photo of me with my camera. When I looked at it later, there were about 40 of these:

Jeff, Blake looking at me going "she has no idea what's happening here.", Diana, Matt, Land
My failed flip flop off-width ascent.

Three stack?


Silly guy.

I wanted to give this cactus a hug so bad. It completely made my day. It was almost the size of me. I love nature. There was a lot more trying than doing on this three day whirlwind trip. I also tried Lindner Roof, Americana Exotica, Scare Tactics and bunch of other things I don't know the name of. I'm looking forward to going back to Vegas. There is a lot to climb there!

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