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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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Climbing

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.

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Climbing

2018 Thanksgiving

The alpine route we did in Juniper Canyon, called Armatron (5.9), had some amazing rock that looked like brickwork.

November 21-25, 2018

Once again we traveled to Las Vegas for Thanksgiving with friends and climbing.  With the long drive, made longer by the traffic, I had time to think about the number of Thanksgivings I’ve spent in Red Rocks since moving to Utah–of the seven holidays I think all but two have been in Red Rocks.

This time we upped the comfort factor and stayed in a hotel with some friends.  While the location was close to the strip which made for a longer commute into the climbing areas, it did come with the convenience of being in the city versus our usual primitive camping area.  

We had good weather and climbed a bit of cragging Thursday, alpine days Friday and Saturday, then a bouldering day in St. George on the way home to Salt Lake.  Good times and great friends.

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Climbing

2017-11-18–19 with Aude

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November 18-19, 2017

One of my French colleagues came to Salt Lake City to spend some time in the US office.  Of course while she was here we showed her the world famous Indian Creek.

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2017 April Fools

Carly admiring the views.
Carly admiring the views.

April 1-2, 2017

Just a quick post to share some images from a recent ski/climbing trip to the desert.  Yup, the desert for climbing and skiing.  Outside Moab, UT are the La Sal Mountains, with many peaks topping 12,000′ they are even higher than the Wasatch outside our front door.  We gambled on the weather and got some fresh snow in the La Sals and enjoyed ourselves exploring a new area.  That day after skiing we camped in Moab and enjoyed a desert sunset.  Awesome place this UT.