December 17: Climbing Streaker Spire in Sedona, AZ
Mike, Ryan, Catherine, Christi, and I went to Sedona to climb Streaker Spire, a 5 pitch route rated at 5.7 ...though it definitely felt more than that.
Mike leading up some sketchy rock... that crumbles at the touch...
I'm getting ready for the climb.
Catherine belays Mike while... the infamous Braaaaaaaaaaaasch looks over and sees me. "Dude, what are you doing?" he asks.
Oooops, I've been caught. "C'mon, it's a multi-pitch climb. It's better to pee down here than up there!"
Mike continuing upward.
I've just discovered YouTube and so trying it out.
The view of Sedona a couple of pitches up.
Christi at the top. She makes it look so easy!
Catherine channeling the powers of the vortex. (If you know about Sedona, than you know about the powers of vortices. If you don't, than ...really, there's just no way of explaining it. Kinda like psychic reading, powers of gem stones, voodoo, baptism, and things like that.)
Ryan Braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasch fresh out of the completion of his first semester in his master's program.
Mike is setting up the rappel.
Christi: "So, Mike, why don't we just call Search And Rescue and get a helicopter ride off this thing?"
Why life is great! Me, Christi, Catherine, Mike, and Braaaaaaaaaaasch.