May 21: Christi Goes Climbing
While Tauru was off on his mountain adventure in Alaska, Christi
hung out in the warm, sunny desert and went climbing with good friends up in Utah, in the Moab area. She first
headed up with Mike and Joe and after a week, they returned to Phoenix to drop off Joe (and Manny) and turned
around 24 hours later to head back up with Cody. Crazy!
BACK TO TOP
Castleton Tower, a beacon of manliness in Castle Valley outside Moab. It begs to be climbed.
The shadow of the beast.
Christi coming up the last pitch of the North Chimney - dancing with excitement! (Excited because she can see
sunshine after freeeezing in the chimney!)
The "ballet" is a tribute to Tauru's Kor Ingles ascent back in 2006.
Basking in the sun by the summit registry.
Mike finally gets a summit shot (the Rectory behind him). When he did this with Tauru in 2006, Tauru kind of, umm,
Christi and Mike straight out of an LL Bean catelogue, standing in front of a big window at Arches Nat'l Park.
Mike and Joe, enough said...
Round 2: we replaced Joe with Cody and decided to do some sight-seeing before heading over to climb. Hanging out in
Escalante, everything was off to a great start...
And then the van got high-centered on a dirt road... the adventure begins!
First attempt: tow from the front - broke the tow strap.
Mike investigates the situation.
Second attempt: tie tow strap to large carabiner - how many kilonewtons is a van stuck in the dirt?
A lot apparently! Cody, let's get a closer look at that....
Oh yeah, that thing didn't stand a chance! (You should see the nice dent it left in Cody's license plate!)
Back to the drawing board, what to do? What to do?
Not much left but to shovel the road out from under the van! Hoo boy, have fun Mike!
That afternoon we finally made it to Zion. It was cold and rainy, but still beautiful. Checking out the weeping
Bryce Canyon. Feels like a Nat Geo special.
The rock in this area is sandstone, which is very porous. Water collects inside, and after about 4000 years, it
makes it's way through and drips out the bottom. Because the rock is so cold and this cave so shady, this ice is
here all year round, even though this is the desert. crazy!
The devil of Devil's Garden!! hee hee hee ...
Yes, that is a DINOSAUR footprint!
Ancient rock art that pre-dates the Anasazi, more than 2000 years old. Who said this country has no history?
Okay, down to business. We want to climb, but we aren't sure where it is! We check things out down the cliff.
Oh yeah, this is the climb - the boys are checking out the 150' squeeze chimney on the top pitch - insane!
Well, let's do this thing - over the edge for a 300' rappel, and there are 5 of us, and it's 3pm, and it's a 2 mile
walk back to the truck and a hella 4x4 road outta here.... oh yeah!!
Christi and Brenda chillin' in a cove between rappels, great views!
On rappel - so committing! Pressure is ON!!
This climb is at Top of the World and it's called "Cooler than Jesus." In a state at religious as Utah, I thought
that name was compelling...
Cool-as-a-cucumber Cody takes it all in, and waits to play "clean-up" for our massive group.
Christi fights, claws, and bleeds her way up that thing, must get there before dark!
Mike leading up behind Christi, Ed up high belaying.
Christi is realizing that perhaps Jesus isn't that cool...
Here comes Cody! We just might make it outta there!
The next day we found a climb where we could belay from the van... oh thank god!!
26: Back in Phoenix, AZ
Not much, no update
31: Fun Times (J-Tree & Mt. Whitney)
8: Sailing up to Alaska
23: Made it to Icy Bay
30: In The Tian Fjord
21: Christi Goes Climbing
26: Mt. St. Elias Update
1: Hitch Hiking The Al-Can
9: Tauru Back to Phoenix
1: The Ride Across America Plan
23: California to Arizona
Month: Colorado to Tennessee
Month: Made to the Atlantic Ocean
Month: Summary of Ride Across America
PDF Summary of Ride
16: Kathi's Birthday Party
Month: Thanksgiving in J-Tree
19: House Warming & Birthday