Maple Canyon is in a piece of National Forest tucked away on the Western side of Utah, and home to climbing unlike anything we’ve touched before. The rock is conglomerate, made up of a huge abundance of river-polished rocks. These “cobbles” are typically fist-sized to basketball-sized, but can range in size from grapes to small … Continue reading Cobble Wrestling in Maple Canyon
Bouldering in Joe’s Valley in the spring: The land felt fresh and the wildflowers were in bloom. The snow was melting fast from the tops of the hills and the river in left fork was so high it was impassable. We had over 12 hours of daylight to work with each day. We seem to … Continue reading Springtime in Joe’s Valley
It’s almost overwhelming how much climbing the St George area in southwest Utah has to offer. When we first checked out St George last spring we visited several of the different crags and sampled tons of spectacular routes. We got SO psyched on all the amazing lines and immediately planned a return visit to the … Continue reading St George Project Mode 2017
About a week ago… I had one goal in mind for our time in St George: A short and bouldery climb at the Black and Tan cliff called Breakin’ the Law. I don’t know what exactly drew me to this climb in particular, but it was all that was on my mind when we discussed … Continue reading Breakin’ the Law!
After hanging off the limestone cliffs of south western Utah for a couple weeks we felt the calling of high desert sandstone. In need of a break for our bodies and minds, we set off to tour the National Parks and watch the sun set over the red-orange towers and cliffs of the Moab area. … Continue reading Southern Utah Sandstone
We love this place. Bishop, California: land of snow-peaked Sierra mountains, rich-smelling desert sage, local donuts, baked breads, cheesy bagels and frozen yogurt. And beautiful, beautiful boulders. We drove four long days from Mexico to California, to spend the first 10 days of March in Bishop. We were rushing to make it in time … Continue reading Bishop 2017
Love tufa-pinching? Empanadas filled with dulce de leche? Chickens in the back yard? Sunrises on massive, limestone canyon walls? Delicious street food fried up in front of you? Local veggie trucks? Seemingly unlimited rock climbing potential? Puppies??? Mexico. We cruised the Millenium FalcVan across the continent for days until we arrived in the tiny mountain … Continue reading Escalada Mexico: El Salto
Gathering advice from several friends about how to drive to El Salto in Mexico, one common suggestion was to go as far as possible in the USA before crossing the border. So, we braved ice storms, heavy snow, endless rain, and crossed the country over several long driving days to make it from Victoria, BC, … Continue reading Driving to Mexico
We leapt into September this year with a vengeance. Graham and I had spent the four months of summer apart. I had a fantastic job doing biodiversity monitoring in northern Alberta with the ABMI (they’ve posted positions for next year already!) and Graham settled back in Vancouver and returned to his awesome job at MEC. … Continue reading What happened to our fall season?
Summer is drawing to a close and it is time to start wrapping up those projects. September is one of our favourite months of the year for climbing, and Graham took it upon himself to usher in the season of Sendtember with style. So now I get to gush a little... Graham had been projecting … Continue reading Division Bell