As we all know, life can "get in the way" of true happiness. I invite you to follow my posts as I try to reconnect with nature as often as life allows. Then,
if so inspired, pick up a paddle or pack and join me on an adventure that makes everything else fade away. -

Monday, May 5, 2014

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Climbing Trip

I headed down on Friday and met up with Chris and his friend Jessica.  They were on the East Side on the Roman Wall and were working on Commodus to no avail.  We headed North to climb a couple of routes I hadn't done.  Chris and I both had trouble finishing on slopers so Jessica finished for us.  We headed back to camp and had a great evening sitting around the campfire!

Oakie Dokie (5.8) - 1 | Megatron (5.9)

Saturday morning Katie, Jenna, Ryan, and Adler showed up.  I spent the day climbing with them and we put up a couple of classics (I didn't climb everything they did in the interest of time).  I tackled a couple of 5.9's that were on my list and they were glad to have me lead them.  I think they were an easier lead than a couple of the 5.8's would be...ha!  Towards the end of the day I got my chance to practice multi pitch belaying by belaying Ryan up from he top.  Lots of fun!  We finished out the day climbing with Hunter and his friends.  He led Yo Momma for us, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Greatest Show on Earth (5.8) | Mefloquine Dreams (5.9) - L, 2 | Smooth Criminal (5.9) - 3 | Lamb Chops (5.9) - 4 | Leonid (5.9+) | Local Hebrew (5.9-) | Girth Hitch (5.7+) | Emma's Got a Mullet (5.6) - 5 | Yo Momma (5.10b)

Sunday, Bob joined us!  We headed to the East side and did a couple of easy routes.  After that, Bob led First Time Up on gear and we all top roped it.  I got it clean this time!  We were going to get Orange Crush in, but there was a huge line.  We finally ended up just heading out.

Fesic (5.6) | Arizona Bay (5.8) | Fireworks in February (5.8) | First time Up (5.8+) - 6

[A = Attempted | L = Lead | # = Note]

1. Lead to the  last bolt and then got freaked out by the sloper finish.  Top topped it clean.
2. Lead with takes and top topped clean after climbing smooth criminal.
3. Lead with takes.
4. Top roped to transition.
5. Belayed Ryan up from the top and then we each rapped.  My first belay from an anchor!
6. Top topped afte Bob lead on gear!

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