Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Zion Train

The leaves have come!

Neil Grimaldi climbing a great crack on 'George The Animal Steel'
The shuttle transports climbers and tourists into the canyon, closed to cars during peak season 

Joel Enrico on top of 'Mean High Tide'
The Great White Throne and Angels Landing behind

Neil (of Planet K) on top of 'Mean High Tide'

T-Bow climbing a 65 meter 'link-a-saurus' pitch on the classic Shune's Buttress

Tree Bough traverses excellent zion rock to reach the mega-splitter on Shune's

The MEGA splitter on Shune's
All time, few contenders

Neil G enjoying a long squeeze on 'The Silmaril', The Watchman

Grimaldi starting out on pitch 2 with the mega corner looming above

Pitch 3 mega corner on The Silmaril

Grimaldi chossing out to reach the top of the climb

Atop The Watchman with Mt. Johnson below us

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tooth Rock, The Vermillion Cliffs

The Vermillion Cliffs, Arizona
Tooth Rock is visible center, the big tower

T-Bow contemplates Tooth Rock

T and Em hiking in with some pioneer loads

 Navajo Sandstone has been undercut and eroded by the Colorado River

A nice view of the lower good rock section of the route, following the central corner system
The Plank Traverse leaves the corner and crosses the big slab at the top left of the corner

Trevor and Kevin starting 'More Sand Than Stone' on the Southwest face

Excellent bevies below the face

Trevor and Kyle hiding in the Eagle Nest Cave

Em walking The Plank traverse

Kyle on The Plank

Summit of Tooth Rock
The Colorado River is visible below, near Lee's Ferry

High above Marble Canyon, the beginning of The Grand

Em rapping

A sample of the sandy hiking encountered and overcome

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Desert Provides

Zion Canyon

T-Bow zenning on Inner Chi

T-Bow enjoying Holy Roller

A dubious duo, finally got some great Zion action!

Petey back in The Creek

High over the North Six Shooter

Myself 'Camping Under The Influence'

Hiking home after climbing at The Second Meat Wall

Petey on 'Excuse Station', splitter defined

T-Bow and Em on The Desert Siren, a little tower at Blue Gramma Cliff

Hard sandy slab climbing!

Em redeems us, team free ascent!

A small juniper holds the summit together

Having a great time on The Honeymoon Chimney, The Priest

The Priest and Castleton

Castleton Tower

Jim coming up on Holier Than Thou, North face of The Nun

Jim continues out on the wild calcite face of Holier Than Thou

 Jim and Seba atop The Nun, The Priest behind

Seba climbing Holier Than Thou with The Priest behind

The desert provides! 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happy Holidays from the Austral Plane!

On December 13-15 Marcus and I took advantage of some nice weather to climb Gorra Blanca.  We approached via Paso Marconi and spent two nights at Refugio Gorra Blanca, Chile.

Paso Marconi (1500m)

Rime ridge climbing on Gorra Blanca

Fitz, Marcus, and Joel

Marcus and Sun Dog

Looking West toward Passo Mariano Moraino

Refugio Gorra Blanca with
Gorra Blanca (above and right of portal)

Thank you friends and family for making this possible.  Specifically, a huge thanks to you Marcus for making this a real fun time in the hills!  For anyone planning on heading into the mountains or specifically to El Chalten to climb, please read Rolando Garibotti and Dörte Pietron's recent post on;

Thank you to the Comisión Auxilio and to all those that have volunteered their time and risked their lives on the various rescues in and around the Chalten Massif.