Sunday, December 5, 2010

Trip Report Part 2 - Moab -- Land of the Winter Sun....Sort of.

I just put the finishing touches on Part 2 of the video series from the trip.  It has all of the footage from our time spent in and around the Moab area.  Unfortunately, we were not able to do nearly the amount of climbing we had planned in Moab.  It was cold pretty much all the time there, but it was especially cold at night.  The wind was relentless and cold as well making for quite the contrast from the T-shirt weather we were blessed with last year.  One other problem we ran into this year was the gunman who was on the run.  Apparently, he shot a Park Ranger, and then escaped after being wounded in a shootout with police.  The police thought they had him cornered somewhere off of Potash Road.  This was a huge problem for us since we had planned on enjoying the super fun and super accessible climbing that Potash has to offer.  Here's a link to the story on the gunman...he's still on the loose.....The police let us know that Potash road was going to be closed for "at least the next few days." 

It was cold and windy pretty much everywhere in Utah.  A group of about 15 people showed up to the Castleton Tower campsite at about 10 PM on Monday night.  They had been climbing at Indian Creek and said it was just as cold there.  My friend Cory was at Red Rocks and my friend Mike went to the Red River Gorge and they both froze their asses off, so maybe it was cold and unfriendly to climbers everywhere.... So we decided it was time to head for Shelf Road where the forecast called for sun and temps approaching 60!  Check back here in a couple days for Part 3 of the video series with all of the footage from Shelf Road and the rest of Colorado.

In other news, it is SUPER COLD here in Minnesota.  So we're going ice climbing tomorrow morning for the first time of the season.  Gotta get out tomorrow and hopefully one more night this week before the Ice Fest next weekend!  I never got the chance to sharpen my ice tools and crampons today, but the big move has finally been made.  Bourdo and I spent our Saturday afternoon removing the climbing wall from my garage, moving it, and installing it in Bourdo's garage.  I'm sad to see it go, but it really makes his wall amazing.  I'll be sure to post pics or video of the new setup soon.  We've got over 200 square feet of climbing wall now, and lots of future potential! 

So here is Part 1 of the Thanksgiving Climbing Trip Video Series.

Click here to see the Thanksgiving Climbing Trip Part 2 video on YouTube.

1 comment:

  1. You guys are amazing!!! haha
    You still gotta take me ice climbing!