Thursday, May 22, 2008
Sorry it's been so long since our last blog post. We didn't take any pictures last weekend, but we did still get out. We went to Big Cottonwood Canyon with the Utah climbing club. Got on some trad topropes that allowed us to practice our gear placement (which we haven't done since Lover's Leap last August). I guess we've been slipping a bit on the trad routes. It was a super fun day though and by the end I led an easy 5.6 that felt really good. We also climbed one of the best 5.8 topropes I've ever climbed (it was a toprope because it's 5.8R on lead, meaning if you fell you'd probably hit the ground). All in all it was a super fun day in the shade.
Wanted to give a shout out to our friends Hank and Marla who have made it back to Alaska after over 2 years on the road around the world. Their trip has inspired Cassie and I to try to do a similar trip in a few years, and really was a good part of the inspiration for this blog as well. We're looking forward to seeing them when they come back to Utah. Check out the link to their blog on the right side of this page.
This weekend we're going to try and head to Maple Canyon to climb on the super cool cobblestone. My fingers are almost healed so it's time to start climbing hard again!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
The walls went up for hundreds of feet and the water had eroded the sandstone in wonderful waves. After getting our fill we started trudging back to the car. After that we drove back to Sundance talked to our Mom's on the phones; Happy Mothers Day Dottie and Zsa!!! and found out that tomorrow we are supposedly getting 3-5 inches of Snow!!! Ah Utah, what a wonderfully weird place. Not to many places in the US can you go hiking in a slot canyon with temps in the 80s then go back to the mountains where it might be snowing. On top of that we didn't see a single person for a whole day which is just perfect.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Well, we're back in Utah, and finally have pictures uploaded from red rocks. Our trip was a lot of fun. We ended up just hiking on Sunday instead of climbing because my finger still hurt and I didn't want to injure it more. We ended on doing a 5 mile hike to a peak called Turtle Head Peak. It was a great hike that started by the red sandstone and worked it's way up a wash through lots of flowering yuccas and wildflowers.
Check out our flickr pictures to see a lot more pics from our trip.
To finish off the trip we decided to have dinner at a very nice French restaurant on the strip since our favorite sushi restaurant (really the only sushi restaurant we've eaten at in vegas, but who's counting?) was closed on Sunday. We were practically falling asleep on our plates after a long day of hiking in the sun. The food was excellent with champagne, duck, lamb and exquisite deserts. We fell asleep with very full bellies. The next morning I dropped Cassie off at the airport and went to work.
So what's new for this week? Well, I just started my Chemistry class (i'm a perpetual college student) and Cassie heads to Vernal for a day or two (yes the name pretty much says what the place is like). This weekend, we're going to just hike, go to an aquarium and maybe climb on sunday. My finger feels much better so it's time to get back at it.