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Friday, March 14, 2008

Spring Double Feature

I managed to escape the dreary weather of Logan for a few days and visit the southeastern portion of Utah.  This part of Utah has eluded me until now, and I was excited to explore Zion National Park and the climbing areas of St. George.  We had perfect weather, with temps ranging from the upper 60s to mid 70s.  We (Travis, Andy, Alison, Alice, and myself) headed to St. George on Sunday (9th) and spent most of the day driving (6 hrs.).  On Monday we tried to get into Crawdad Canyon, but it was closed, so we checked out an area called Black Rocks (Basaltic Rock).  The area and climbs are pretty small, with the majority of the climbs in the 5.9-5.11 range and between 30-50 ft. in length.  The highlight of the day was climbing this awesome route called "Slap Happy" (mid 5.12ish).  It started out with a 16ft. boulder problem and then ended on jugs, perfect.  On tuesday Andy, Travis and I checked out Moe's Valley, a bouldering area on the western edge of St. George.  The area offered plenty of problems to keep us busy, and shredded our gym rat calluses in no time.  By Wednesday we needed to take a break from climbing, so we drove north and headed to Zion.  Alison insisted we do a short but steep hike up to Angel's Landing (2.2 miles with 1,600 feet of elevation gain).  The hike was pretty "touristy" but well worth it (evidence from the pictures below).

             St. George - Black Rocks - "Slap Happy" 

                          Moe's Valley, St. George

"Rat Pack Boulder"


                    "Duality V5"

               Andy on a dyno we made up

            Andy on an unnamed problem

               Zion - The hike up to Angels Landing
           Proceed with caution?

The trail wasn't that dangerous, but you have to post signs for "tourons"

                Views from the top of Angels Landing




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