Desert Escape

on May 28, 2010

From ski boots to rock shoes, it was in Zion and Red Rocks that we kicked off the 2010 rock climbing season this year. We flew down to Vegas, rented a car and climbed as much as our body allowed on this 10 day personal trip!

Zion and Red Rocks, Spring 2010

With well over a hundred ski days under our belt and memories of a challanging winter snowpack, Shawn West and I decided it was time to head south of the border for some rock climbing in the sunshine. All geared up with standard Zion free rack (triple set of everything!), our eyes were set on various traditional free routes. Despite suffering from the big thigh/little finger syndrome, we were not disapointed as we climbed fantastic sandstone cracks of all sizes! Thanks for such a great trip Shawn, the scars are healing!

Enjoy the photos…

From Vegas International to Black Velvet canyon!

Shawn on Triassic Sands, 5.10b

Spring in the Desert

The Warrior, 5.10d

Zion stone, Coke Explosion, 5.10b

The Headache, 5.10

Iron Messiah, 5.10

Chimney climbing on Iron Messiah

The Beautiful North East Buttress of Angel Landing

Pitch 2 on the North East Buttress 5.9

Pitch 5 on the East Buttress 5.10+

Exposed traverse & views of the upper canyon

Angel’s Landing walk off, do you think we are one the trail?!

The most amazing looking Shune’s Buttress

Getting schooled on Monkeyfinger, last day in Zion

Back in Red Rocks for our last 2 climbing days

Looking for “Risky Business” in Pine creek canyon

Found it! Pitch 3 of Risky Business 5.10c R-ish

All we could do before heading back to Vegas international was clipping bolts!

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