On Friday morning, very early, I boarded a plane bound for Salt Lake City, Utah. I slept through the short flight and woke up when the plane bumped softly into the terminal. Around 10:15am, I met up with Barry & Frances & co-worker of Frances named Peter. We got in a rental car and drove to our hotel, The Little America . After dropping off our things, Barry & I took off for some climbing in Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC).
LCC is very much like the climbing in Tuolumne Meadows. The granite formations offer lots of variety; cracks, chimneys, thin face, and bulges. Since we were arriving so late in the day (around 1pm), we chose to do a 3 pitch climb called Crescent Direct (5.9+). It is the more serious version of Crescent Crack (5.7). The climb was in the sun, and the granite was warm which felt great as the temperature was probably only 63 outside! (more…)