|Hiking out of "The Pit."|
|Heading into beautiful Sedona, AZ.|
|My excited driver!|
|Zach with an agave plant on our misadventure in Sedona.|
|The desert was in bloom!|
|Sunset in N. Arizona/S. Utah.|
|Bryce Canyon National Park|
|Quick pic before the rain moves in!|
|The hoodoos of Bryce Canyon|
|Rainy lunch prep:)|
|Our Joe's Valley campsite.|
|The Mammoth discovery site in Utah.|
|Beautiful alpine lake!|
We had a wonderful time getting back in shape on steep routes! By the end of the week, Zach was projecting "49" (5.12a) and I was working on "Zoaster Toaster" (5.11d)! All the local and out of town climbers we met were wonderful. Tom and Sarah were our neighbors and also traveling for the summer. We hope to meet back up with them in July or August!
Besides steep routes, Maple also has some multipitch sport climbs. We did a 5.9+ at the end of the canyon and enjoyed the spectacular views from the top! For Zach's birthday, we did a multipitch route at night with our headlamps! I only got freaked out by the dark a few times! The shadows we cast on the rocks looked a little freaky, but it was all worth it when we got to the top and got to see the night's sky.
Our other big adventure for Zach's birthday was to hike the North Peak of Mt. Nebo. I keep calling it Mt. Nepo, but maybe someday I'll get it right. It was an eight mile round trip hike from 9,000-11,000 ft in elevation. It seemed doable to us, but also a bit of a challenge! We took up our snow gear just in case the path was not clear just yet. I'm glad we did because about 50% of our trail was covered in snow! I'm pretty proud of us though, because we found our way through the snow, trees, and scree field to the top!! The views were epic and we had a blast doing it!
|Zach on the trail!|
|Taking a quick break:)|
|Zach on top of the ridge we worked so hard to gain!!!|
|Back to the bottom! Happy Birthday, Zach!!|
The next morning we climbed a bit more in Maple canyon, but both of us were pretty exhausted. We decided to head into the town of Fountain Green for lunch at their downtown cafe. It was another fabulous burger and fries meal!
We are now taking the day off from climbing and catching up on laundry, blog posts and working on our videos for the trip! Here is the link to the latest one http://youtu.be/dmZajy2qagI !!