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2021-03-13 Pop Tire Cave Rebolting

March 13-14 and 20-21, 2021

For two consecutive weekends I went out to near Wendover, UT for some rebolting work. Jeremy rallied some folks and raised money to just about fully re-equip a crag he’s been psyched on. While the crag is a cave and in the middle of the desert, the environment for the bolts in the cave is more similar to a marine one. Salt forms on the rock because of the nearby salt flats and/or because of deposits in the limestone itself. I’m not a geologist so I’m not sure. Either way some of the bolts in the super steep cave needed replacing in order to make sure no one would get hurt as time goes on.

The last two weekends were the appointed ones and were pretty good weather wise, though chilly. The first weekend had a bunch of folks coming to help out. Ropes were fixed, lots of holes drilled, and bolts glued. The second weekend saw a bit of finishing glueing and lots of chopping of the old stuff.

The mechanics of rebolting in a cave as steep as this were difficult. Ropes were fixed and whether going up or down the rope to do the work was tough. Ascending a fixed rope on a 60 deg overhang is a lot of work when you factor in having to stop and do work on a bolt while hanging as well as pass fixed draws. Not doing that sort of thing I felt pretty worked from the effort and lack of efficiency in my movement.

It was a satisfying endeavor though, as nearly every boly I pulled was rusty to some degree, many pretty badly. With the addition of full stainless glue-ins for essentially every route in the cave, it should be good for 30-40 years or more into the future.

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Climbing Nature & Hiking

2020-11-21 San Rafael Swell

November 20-21, 2020

Just before Thanksgiving we took a little trip to the Swell to get out of the house and experience some nature. We did some climbing but more exploring in this area that we’ve come to love given its beauty and proximity to Salt Lake. Just recently a lot of signs have been put up by the local land manager. This helped us be aware of something just off the road we never knew before, a dinosaur track! We’ve driven by it dozens of times and didn’t realize that just 20 yards from the road is a nice big track in the rock. Very cool to see out in nature right where a some big dinosaur walked many millions of years ago.

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Climbing

2020-10-16 thru 18 Indian Creek

October 16 thru 18, 2020

A long overdue trip to Indian Creek happened last weekend. We spent 3 days and of course got worked. Always a humbling experience out there. I was disappointed by the new influx of the moto crowd. They were riding well into the evening which kind of takes away some of the amazingness of the place at night.

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Climbing Nature & Hiking

2020-05 Memorial Day Weekend at Notch Peak

May 23 thru 25, 2020

We ventured out for the holiday weekend. Opting to stay relatively close, we went to the west desert of Utah again. Fortunately, a front was planned to pass through Utah on Friday afternoon and evening and make temperatures very pleasant in the desert for this time of year. Leaving Friday afternoon after packing up the van we got passed Nephi and started to hit some gusty winds and foreboding looking clouds. The clouds turned out to be a dust storm and not much rain. Driving wasn’t too bad though it was a bit dark and the cross gusts kept me alert at the wheel.

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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.