Monday, May 20, 2019

Enter Sand Land

Bird's View Butte and Crow's Beak Spires, Moab UT

Approaching Bird's View Butte 
Satellite Spire is imposed on the left side of the butte

Em starting up Satellite Spire

Leading pitch 2 on Satellite

T-Bow in the pitch 2 chimney on Satellite

More chimney on pitch 3 of Satellite!

Happy Bowmans on top of Satellite Spire

Don Juan Spire

Em leading on Don Juan Spire with Bird's View Butte in the background

Em on pitch 1 of Don Juan

Em rides the minuscule summit of Don Juan with Luminous Being behind

Back on the rim after the long jumar out

 Raven and the La Sal Mountains

Looking South to Indian Creek and the Colorado River

High Water Tower in Grand-Staircase Escalante



High Water Tower

TBow on High Water


The beautiful summit of High Water Tower

Cactus Gardens on top

The rappel off

Admiring the sculpture garden

The black mineral is coal deposit

Mormon Canyon, Sedona AZ
Earth Angel Spire is center, casting a summit shadow

Top Shelf Spire
The route climbs the crack then traverses wildly to the right skyline

Ashley sampling Top Shelf Spire

 Breezy and cool on a fine May day in Sedona

Nameless Tower

Zach Harrison Dune Buggyin' in Fay Canyon

Trevor and Em take a spin on Sand Railin'

Psychotropic Flautist follows the brown and green patina face all the way up!

Ash engages the 2nd pitch of Psychotropic Flautist
(TBow photo)


Psychotropic Flautist
(TBow photo)

 Loving the jugs on P3 


Ash getting ninja on pitch 4

Pitch 4
(TBow photo)

Ash and Neil on P4
(TBow photo)

 Topping out on the last pitch of Psychotropic Flautist

Hanging high on Fay Buttress

Giant views of Sedona from the top of Psychotropic Flautist

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Stone of Lime and Sand


Ashley Maryn sampling the wonderful limestone at Sunset Alley
 St. George, UT

 Wild chert slab on 'Sunset Lanes'
Limestone forms from ancient seabed sediments and has fossilized ocean creatures in place, shells are a common sighting in the rock

Ash starting 'Three Pump Chump' with the impressive Blank Cave behind



This beautiful panel of stone hosts the best climbs at Sunset

Ash battles the 'Three Pump Chump'

Ash working Frick at Sunset Alley

Looking east to St. George and Red Mountain from Sunset

 Em soaks puts in 'The Work and the Glory', The Diamond

Ash on 'Diamonds Are Forever'

Em below Moonlight Buttress and the start of 'Moonshadow' on the right

 Em following Pitch 2 on Moonshadow

Em leads out on Pitch 3 of Moonshadow
The Great White Throne looms behind

Em climbs Pitch 6 of Moonshadow

Splendid views of the Spaceshot Wall with building thunderheads

 Em on Pitch 7 of Moonshadow
The threatening thunderstorm finally caught us on Pitch 9
Reluctantly, we bailed 2 pitches from the summit!
Braving the raging Virgin River a second time for the day was unforgettable.
The rain poured down Zion Canyon as we boarded the shuttle bus and our drenched bodies attracted stares from the other passengers.

Storm clearing over Springdale and Zion Canyon
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