Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Back to the internet, and here we are with the next installment of pics from the beautiful Joshua Tree National Park. The first week was pretty rough. Between, bad weather, cold nights, being pretty homesick, and the usual harshness of adjusting to the joys of living out of a truck with two other guys, I wasn't having a good time at first. But now the weather has been great, nights are warmer, we're finding our climbing rhythm, and getting our send on.
The scenery here is amazing and so is the camping; that is, when we're actually camping in the Park, and not the Pit.
Since being here, I've run into three people I know; and it's not like I'm that cool and know tons of people. It's been really cool though. I ran into a friend Nate, who I met at the Solid Rock Climbers for Christ conference that I went to this past August in the RMNP. He's a really cool dude and climbs pretty hard, and so do his friends. Here's Nate's friend Todd getting the redpoint on Spider Line - 5.11c.
We've been trying to hit a lot of classics. Overhang Bypass (5.7) is definitely of of the best so far. I was hanging off a rope taking pictures, so I haven't climbed it, but I can tell. I can't wait to lead it myself. Here Matt runs it out, on easy ground, to the top of the first pitch.
The sole benefit of all the crap weather we had at first was this really cool rainbow we saw. Other than that, it was rather miserable.
All in all, it's been some pretty good times, with a lot more to come. Stay tuned, folks!
Monday, February 16, 2009
Hey you guys! I'm at Super 8 stealing their interweb. We're sitting in the truck watching SNL skits and Homestar Runner vids. I just thought I would upload a some pics from our first few nights. Here you see our beautiful first night of camping. It was 26 degrees, windy and moist. We were in 40 degree bags. Excellent. Below is the San Rafael Swell in Utah. Below that is a random boulder in Joshua Tree. Enjoy.