Archive for June, 2010

Rock Climbing (Or Not!) – The Citadel & Plum Line, Vedauwoo, WY

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Plum Line
It was my 2nd separate adventure to try and find the Citadel. Last year, I hunted around for 3.5 hours searching and no dice. This time, after 45 minutes of thrashing about in the woods, we managed to find it, beginning our hike at an alternative starting point! (The second option mentioned in the book).

I refuse to take credit for the “discovery” as it was mostly the mad map reading and interpretive skills of Jen and the patience of Jenny who got us there.

I will, however, take credit for galavanting into the woods and pitching a mean fit in search of THE fastest way back to the car. I am slightly embarassed to report just how mean I was, but at least I was able to find the right way back! I later apologized to the girls for my selfish & pissy bossiness, I just *really* did not want to spend another hour being eaten by bugs and out in the relentless heat. I was determined to learn the proper way to the crag without having to take a third trip there!

Rock Climbing – Brown’s Landing, Vedauwoo, WY

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Jen Crusing the Slab Start at Brown's Landing
Clare Tiptoes Up Slab at Brown's LandingSassy & Stylin Vedauwoo, WY
Our last full day in Vedauwoo, we went to Brown’s Landing, survived a torrential thunderstorm, and then went for a nice hike. (more…)

Rock Climbing – Jurassic Park Crag, Vedauwoo, WY

Friday, June 25th, 2010

On Saturday, we headed to Jurassic Park for some fun single pitch climbing. I was excited to go back to the wall and try some of the climbs for a second time.

Unfortunately, when we got there, I got sick. The upset stomach caused me to become very friendly with a certain unspecified bush. I don’t remember the last time I was caught being this sick at a climbing wall…oh wait…that’s cause I haven’t been!

Jen Climbing Prologue Variation (5.4) Jenny Laybacking A Lawyer on the Toilet (5.8)
Bottom Line (pun intended) is that we ended up just doing two pitches: Prologue Variation Led by Jen! (5.4-with a 5.6 lower crux) and A Lawyer on the Toilet (Top Roped by Jen & Jenny). I must admit, I was really jealous of that lawyer!

Rock Climbing – Edward’s Crack (5.7), Vedauwoo, WY

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Jenny, Jen, and Clare Summit of Ed's Crack (5.7)
Day 1 of Road trip to Vedauwoo was a *Phenomenal* success. Largely in part to my companions, Jenny & Jen. They arrived on time and ready to go. We packed up the Subi, and headed out on the open road. It was Thursday, so I just knew we’d find a camping spot.

The main question was, “Were we going to be rained out our first afternoon?”. I hoped we would win the weather lotto and be granted an opportunity to climb Edward’s Crack…Watch the Video to find out!


Rock Climbing – Canal Zone, Clear Creek Canyon

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Jim & Aimee Hiking to Canal Zone, Clear Creek Canyon Clare Leading at Canal Zone, Clear Creek Canyon
We had a gorgeous half day of climbing at Canal Zone in Clear Creek Canyon. I led three fun 5.8’s; Box of Rain, Venice Beach, and Holiday Road. Jim & Aimee were visiting from Indianapolis, so I was the guide. It was Father’s Day; by midday the crag was ***packed*** with families. We decided to leave when the wall went in the sun, and as we were leaving our empty wake was filled with children.