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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 July 4th

July 4-7, 2019

As a break from the new van build we decided to take the July 4th holiday and make it into a 4 day weekend.  Since I’m taking a bit of a rest from climbing because of some elbow tendinitis, we decided we could do some backpacking in the Winds as an alternative to climbing.  The Wind Rivers have been gorgeous in previous visits to Cirque of the Towers (1, 2) and Deep Lake, but that is but one area in a beautiful range.

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2017 July 4th in the Tetons

Making dinner with a view.
Making dinner with a view.

July 1-4, 2017

We spent the extra long weekend in the Tetons.  While the weather was generally good it was a bit hot and we didn’t climb much.  What we did climb we bailed 1.5 pitches into because of a thunderstorm.  Still a fun trip and was able to explore some areas we weren’t familiar with.

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2016-10-08 Moab

Not a bad view from our campsite during dinner.

October 8-9, 2016

Carly and I headed south to the desert for the first time a while.  One of our friends was having a birthday party and invited a bunch of people to join.  There indeed was a bunch of folks who arrived at the primitive camping outside of Canyonlands National Park.  We elected to set our tent just off from the main group so we could be a little less disturbed from would would prove to be a rackus evening of revelry by the party crowd.  We got a little climbing in on Saturday at Wall St. in Moab.  The climbing was actually quite pleasant and not as crowded as I expected.  Sunday was a short day and we did a hike to Upheaval Dome, before heading back to Salt Lake for a memorial service for Kyle Dempster.  It was a good weekend capped with a somber reminder that even the strongest climbers are not immune to the strength of the mountains.

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2015 Memorial Day Weekend in Red Rocks

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May 22-25, 2015

The week before Memorial Day I was in Baltimore for a conference on composites.  I returned late Thursday night and had pre-arranged to take Friday off of work.  Carly luckily had her 9-80 Friday off on that day as well.  We had hoped to go to Colorado to visit with Dave, Phyli and friends, but wet and cold weather plagued the entire West Coast.  Steamboat was forecasted to be in the 40’s and rainy, not much fun.  The Denver crew decided to bail and so Carly and I made a decision to head towards Red Rocks as it was the only place that potentially didn’t have 50% chance of showers.

We decided to stay at the primitive camping area I found during the last time I was in Red Rocks.  This turned out to be really nice as we didn’t see anyone else camping nearby.  While the drive to RR loop road is 30 minutes or more from the camping, it allowed us to access some of the southern end climbing much easier.  Since we figured there would be a lot of people around for Memorial Day we decided to hit lesser known crags and it worked well for us as we didn’t see any other climbers on the two days we climbed.

Unfortunately the rain even got to Las Vegas and we had it rain fairly heavy over Saturday and Sunday nights.  Sunday we got rained off of a climb and ended up heading back to camp and having some beers and playing on the slackline.

While it wasn’t a super productive weekend climbing the routes we did on Saturday were quite good and I had a blast climbing with Carly.