Thursday, January 22, 2009


So...I have finally arrived to my destination.  Hayley and I left last Monday from Illinois to make our journey to Utah and it has been quite the excursion.  I drove through the night while Hayley slept (cause I'm a Boss).  I finally had to turn the wheel over to her once we reached Denver.  I'm usually pretty bad about driving at night.  Generally, I'm the guy who sleeps the whole trip.  I was running on psyche though and I cruised through the night.  We also ate breakfast at the Village Inn, which was delicious...baller!  

After that I was so tired it was hard for me to fall asleep. Kinda messed up, I know. I slept all of 30 minutes before we arrived in Rifle. I was psyched to get out of the car and check out the sport climbing mecca of the west. All I can say is that I am rediculously psyched to climb there over the summer. It looked sooo good! I even tried to cop a belay from Hayley but she wasn't having any of it. Oh well, I'll be there for 3 months this summer. I can't wait!

We lounged around the Rifle library for the rest of the day so we could catch up on some homework. We drove to Price Utah later that night and decided to get a hotel to get some well needed sleep. We woke up the next morning and drove the 30 minutes to Joe's Valley, somewhere I've been wanting to go for years. 

After some hiking we found Area 51. Two of the boulder problems on my ticklist, Resident Evil V10 and FreakV10, are at this sector. After quickly warming up I gave Resident Evil a good flash burn.

Resident Evil V10

I fell matching on the big jug more move and it was over. I ended up giving it three more tries before sending on my 4th go. After that I moved around the boulder to a problem called Freak. The problem starts on a good right hand sidepull and follows three powerful moves on small crimps out a steep roof. After figuring out the feet, I topped out after a few tries. Last night we made our way down to Black and Tan to camp for the night. I woke up and saw one of the coolest looking walls I've seen. The climbing looks steep, powerful, and sharp! Unfortunately we were unable to climb today because we had other priorities. One thing that I've realized is that it is damn hard to do school work, move across the country, find a job, find a place to live, and find time to climb. We have definitely had our times of uber stress the last few days but hopefully it all works out. Tomorrow is a climbing day though! I am beyond psyched to get out and climb! I'm amped to try some of the routes on my ticklist tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be able to pull one of them out!

Some shots...

Trying Black Lung

Strappin' Down the Ghetto Rig

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