On my first day we linked up two somewhat obscure routes: Magic Triangle and Crabby Appleton. Except for the scrambling from the top of Magic Triangle to the Crabby Appleton gully we were in the shade all day. Both routes are worthy for folks looking for something off the beaten path.
|Aaron and Geoff staying (just barely) in the shade on Magic Triangle.|
|Geoff hand-over-handing down a weird old fixed line in the Crabby Appleton gully.|
The Black Velvet Wall in the eponymous canyon is one of my favorite spots to climb in Red Rock and it's also not very sunny. Aaron, Braden, and I climbed two very different but very classic routes. Both Prince Of Darkness and Rock Warrior are mid-5.10 and feature hundreds of feet of fun edging. However, Rock Warrior has fewer bolts on the whole route than Prince Of Darkness sports on a typical pitch. As a result Rock Warrior is a lot less traveled and requires solid trad skills - the ability to find and place good gear and then climb above it. Both routes are great, one is all about the movement, and the other is a mental journey.
|A sea of edges on the Black Velvet Wall. Aaron puts the rope up while Braden belays suspiciously.|
|We stopped in Zion on the way to Moab for a day of cragging.|
|We saw these two get married just north of Moab.|
|In the morning-after-wedding-reception haze I drove over my climbing pack. Fortunately my helmet was the only damaged item. I think I might have to retire it.|
|Vic at a belay on Journey Home, with the Gunnison River churning a thousand feet below.|
|Cliffs of Insanity on the far left, Bridger Jacks at the center in the distance, and the Six Shooters on the right.|
|Jess following a fun stembox on one of The Bridger Jacks.|