I was thinking more along the lines of this....
I called my buddy John and we agreed that a trip up the Nose to Dolt Tower sounded like a good way to spend the day.
The rock and crack quality on this route is just amazing!
Not stoked about 50mph winds blowing us all over on the stovelegs.
Two pitches to go up to Dolt!
When we started the climb I realized John didn't bring any etriers (or jumars for that matter). I didn't know but John planned to free climb the whole thing. This kind of caught me off guard as I was planning on aiding the first 4 pitches and probably french freeing later on if I had to. After he freed the first four pitches I decided it was John's day to send and let him keep going. It definitely changed my view point of the route. It went from how can we climb this faster, to oh, get stronger and free more! Seems obvious, but watching him onsight 5.11d pitches really made me rethink my strategy for this route, and inspired me to get stronger this season. By free climbing a lot and simulclimbing through pitches 5, 6, and 7, and linking 10 and 11 we were able to get to Dolt in six and a half hours. Definitely not a speed record, but not bad for our first go at it, especially when we weren't really going for speed.
Up on Dolt
Not so sure about the camelback next time...
A day of working on bikes on Sunday and then it was time for a road trip to J-Tree!!!
Whitney had never driven down California via highway 101, so we decided to take the scenic road down.
You have to make a stop at the Madonna Inn on the way down. I'm not sure why.....
Oh yeah to pee on a waterfall!!! haha
And to get a little bouldering in...
I dislike the Chick-fil-a owner's view points on social issues, but man I like those chicken nuggets.
Whit was worried about running out of gas at one point, but I told her we were fine......it's a 15 gallon tank.
The next day we were climbing!!!
Whitney getting her shutterbug on.
Walk on the Wild Side
Me goofing around....I'm starting to like the wide..... slippery slope I know.
Home away from home
Alan soloing some wide next to Walk on the Wild Side
Brad Young belaying Whitney
Whitney cruising "The Kid" her first 5.10a slab!
Alan crushing on Grit Roof 5.11a at the Hall of Horrors
Desert moon rise
Not Forgotten 5.10a/b on the Hidden Tower
Whitney following her first 5.9 crack, Wild Wind, on the Hidden Tower
Me leading Fisticuffs 5.10b
Solid fist jam right before it gets wider
Alan leading Martin Quits 5.10c
On the last day we headed over to the Rusty Wall. The rock here was amazing. Way smoother than anything I had seen in Josh before. I didn't even tape up, which is usually suicide for your hands here.
O'Kelley's Crack 5.10c/d
The start of this route is freaking hard, I believe it's a 5.11a start, but felt a little harder. An awkward flared fist leads to tight fingers and basically no feet, but then it turns into a great hand crack.
Alan leading Wangerbanger 5.11c
After the Rusty Wall we ran back for one more climb....
Tonya leading Heart of Darkness 5.11a
Desert skin is in full effect.
Well there you have it. Spring break 2013 in the books. Dolt Tower was a great training run, and Josh was a great time as always. 2013 is going to be a good one :)
I have wayyy more photos that I might post later...