Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sandstone Sampling

Christy cruising slickrock to Echo Pinnacle
Much of the sandstone here North of Moab is Entrada;
it was water-deposited 180-140MYA as mudflats around a shallow sea

Christy sampling Entrada Sandstone on Echo Pinnacle
Soft and sandy but sometimes sweet...

Christy enjoying nice Wingate Sandstone, Lighthouse Tower
Rich climbing below on Lonely Vigil.
Wingate was wind-deposited, 200MYA as vast sand dunes.

Nat topping Lighthouse
Something went just right with this sand,
Wingate is the strongest and most reliable stone around Moab!
(precarious summit blocks notwithstanding)

The Colorado River slowly cut through the resilient Wingate layer here;
it created a convenient path to build River Road to Moab!

Looking over at Big Bend Butte, dotted with friendlies!

 Sunset over Castle Valley
The Wingate towers here are some of the most iconic of the desert.
Castleton Tower stands out on the left.

 Cutler Sandstone forms this wild Corkscrew Summit 
Ancient Arts, Fisher Towers

Christy on top!

Ancient Arts on the left, 
spot the tiny Corkscrew Summit!

Mud plastered over Cutler Sandstone gives the Fishers a Gothic aura
Hauntingly, this rock/mud is some of the softest around!

Rich sizing up The Hindu
Cutler can be surprising solid!??

Capitol Wash, Capitol Reef NP
More Entrada here,
 beautifully reminiscent of colorations in Zion NP.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Viajes en México

The Chonta Cave
Brewer's Happy Place!


Conglomerate rock in the forest at Jilotepec

John Brewer climbing on La Peña de Bernal

Summit of La Peña de Bernal

La Peña de Bernal

 The amazing sinkhole of San Cayetano
A 20 ft. metal ladder allows access deep into this impressive cave!

 San Cayetano stalactites and stalagmites everywhere!

 Brewer navigating 3D tufa-land

 Brewer deep in the cave

Campground at El Potrero Chico

Brewer walking into El Potrero Chico
Morning clouds were a mystical pleasantry here!

 Space Boyz climbs the long unvegetated streak in the lower right
 Traffic from climbers keeps the plants off the rock, making these dramatic streaks
The Outrage Wall is the orange area in the middle of the photo

 Brewer climbing on Space Boyz, a classic long route

 Brewer on top of Space Boyz

 Space Boyz summit!

 Climber on the Outrage Wall

 A route name plaque at the bottom of another long classic climb

 Brewer climbing on El Sendero del Diablo

 A view down into the canyon

Climber on Salty Dog at Club Mex Wall

El Diente
A newer climbing area outside Monterrey
It was pretty dusty, but could clean up?

El Salto

Climbing at Las Animas Wall, El Salto

The Canyon of El Salto

Sedona from the plane!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Sagas of Sand

Congrats to Tim and Katie for tying the knot, in style!

Tim way out on Jupiter

Kristen climbing Epitaph on The Tombstone

Nearing the top of The Tombstone, Halloween's Eve

Happy Halloween!

Kristen on Owl Rock, Arches National Park

Kristen rapping off the Devils Golf Ball, Arches

Liz deep in Space Tower

Liz and Cameron atop Space Tower
 Kane Springs, Moab

The Marching Men, Arches

Dark Angel, one of Arches' landmark towers

Climbers from Michigan, Dark Angel

Ancient Art

 Sunset on Dark Angel

Dark Angel

Podunk Mesa Tower along River Road
The route Adrenaline Circus culminates on the upper right skyline with stunning exposure!

Trevor leads out on Adrenaline Circus last pitch

Canoe adventures with Obama!

Trevor on Barney Rumble Tower across the Colorado River

Emily leads on Barney Rumble

 Happy on top of Barney Rumble Tower with the Colorado River and River Road below

Dan scopes Hellroaring Canyon

Towers of Hellroaring Canyon
The Warlock, The Cauldrons, The Witch

The Cauldrons and The Witch
Eye of Newt climbs the major crack system on the left tower

Dan climbing on Eye of Newt, The Cauldrons

Great route!

Great Summit!

On top of the Cauldrons, The Witch lurking behind

Highlining at the Fruit Bowl

High over Mineral Canyon

Kai in Sedona, AZ

Standing below Two Lips Tower

Summit Shadows on Corn Dog Spire

Kai on top of Bandito Spire after a triple header! 
(3 towers in a day)


Kai walking the limestone band on Goliath

Em sizes up Secret Spire

T Bow on Desert Mule, Secret Spire

Em on Secret Spire

Topping out Secret Spire

Shadow time!

One of Sedona's wildest spires

Boodle Tower with Trevor

Felix faces the T Rex

Climbing on T Rex

Taming T Rex

Felix climbing Tenacious Calculus Spire