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Bozeman Icefest 2019

December 11-15, 2019

Yet again the Bozeman Icefest and Hyalite delivers. Unlike the last couple of years I was part of a much smaller team at the fest. This allowed more climbing and better rest (at least excluding Saturday night) after working the Blue Ice table. Nate and I were on our own for the first couple days and got some great climbing in. The first day of the fest we climbed Dribbles (WI4) with Doug and helped with the avy forecast. Doug is always a great time and bring able to do a classic route with no wait AND get to help out with the avy work was a pleasure.

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2019-09-02 Wild Iris

Aug 30 thru Sept. 2, 2019

A Labor Day weekend trip over to Wild Iris with some good friends.  It was a good time despite that I did not climb more than a couple pitches because of my elbow.  Carly was climbing really well and worked on some 11’s.  It’s really great to see her climbing at this level and seeing that even harder grades are attainable.

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Climbing Nature & Hiking

2019-08-24 thru 26 Priest Lake

August 24 thru 26, 2019

As a short vacation Carly and I visited northern Idaho again like we did over Memorial Day.  We stayed with our friend Rolf at his lake cabin on Priest Lake.  We were able to get a climbing day in at a very cool feature call Chimney Rock not far from Rolf’s cabin.  The feature is very cool tower made from granite.  I didn’t realize the climbing opportunities in the area.  The route we chose was the easiest to the top and didn’t have very good climbing, but the top was great and views were good–too bad it was so cold and windy.

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2019-04-19 and 20 Ibex Climbing

April 19-20, 2019

Carly and I took off Friday morning for a long weekend to explore a new area for us, the West Desert of Utah.  The area is huge and doesn’t have many people in it.  The area is part of the Basin and Range topology that spans both sides of the border with Nevada.  This area is characterized by mountain ranges, usually north-south running, and flat desert areas in between.  The topography is such that their are rarely any outlets to the rivers and stream drainages.  The water that falls in the mountains as rain or snow will only travel to the basins only to dry up.  This is easy to understand when you see the landscape adjacent to the Ibex climbing area.  It is a large dry lake bed that does at times hold a water, but most of the time is a hard smooth and flat surface.

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2019-04-06 thru 07 St. George Climbing

April 6-7, 2019

Another fine weekend in St. George with friends.  For not rock climbing outside since Thanksgiving (with the same crew coincidentally) I actually felt pretty good.  Unfortunately Sunday we didn’t get too much climbing in due to an obligation back in SLC.