Misc Climbing in Little Cottonwood

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So haven’t been doing much in the way of big trips since Alaska.  Just enjoying the warm, sometimes overly warm, weather.  Mainly I’ve gone climbing in the Cottonwoods, though there was one trip up to the City of Rocks which was fun.  Here’s a couple shots from this weekend.

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Matt’s version of running it out.

Today I was belaying my buddy Mark on a project of his called Coffin Roof, which goes as 5.12.  It is a brutally difficult 5.12.  The difficulty is only about 12 feet long but it is overhanging finger locks with no feet going into hand jams with no feet.  I just missed an amazing shot of Mark hanging from one hand jam and no feet while going for his next piece of gear.

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Mark getting psyched to head into Coffin Roof (5.12).
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People climb this?
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This shot just missed the awesome single hand jam and no feet shot. Mark’s just got a cam from his harness and is placing it here. Though the rope is snug he is not hanging from the rope, just a single hand jam.

Second Day on the Skis

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Just your standard beautiful day in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

January 12, 2013

Today I hit the slops again with my new ski setup.  Last weekend I went to Brighton in Big Cottonwood Canyon.   Today I thought I’d hit the other resort in BCC, Solitude.  Over the last couple of days we were hit with a storm and the lower elevations actually got hit more.  At my house there was at least 16″ of super fluffy stuff.  To give you Eastcoasters and idea.  Imagine running a shovel down the full length of the driveway and never having so much weight in front of the shovel that you had to stop.  Granted I didn’t shovel the whole 16″ at once, but I probably did 8″ or so.

Heading up BCC the sign for 4×4 and chains was illuminated but they weren’t at all necessary since the uphill side of the road was down to the pavement.  If you were headed down canyon they probably would have been helpful.  Either way I got to the resort about 45 minutes from my house.  It took a little longer than normal because of the traffic and many of the regular roads were a bit snowy.

I was able to get on one of the first dozen or so chairs headed up the hill, which meant first tracks on some of the trails I took to get down.  Since I’m still trying to get my skiing skills back I stuck to the greens and blues again.  My fitness nor skill are at the point where I can make it down the whole run without stopping 3-4 times.  But that gave me a chance to enjoy the sun coming through the low clouds and see the shimmer of flakes in the air.  Though it was cold it was a beautiful day.

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Making almost first tracks.

I hit just about every lift at Solitude and thought it was a great resort.  Most of the trails were in good condition.  There was powder, though tracked, to be had almost all day.  There were also nicely groomed wide trails to carve on too.  There was also plenty of terrain which was above my head that I could see from the chairlifts and from the safe side of the rope warning skiers of expert terrain.  Not sure who someone could miss it but whatever.  Awesome day out on the slopes!

PS Though I’ve spent a bunch of money on a ski touring kit, I would love to get onto a snowboard sometime.

Website Work

There’s been some changes around here!  As you’ll see there is a new look to the site.  The changes aren’t just skin deep, the whole back-end of the site has been upgraded to WordPress from Joomla.  I did this with the help of the guys at gConverter.

For the next few days or perhaps weeks I’ll be tweaking the look of the site.