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Old Sep-22-2008, 04:22 PM
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Road Trippin' "This time, its personal."
Well since we are headed down to the Dgrin Shootout John and I decided that driving was the way to go. Partially because we like road trips also because we are a tid bit crazy. But don't tell anyone.

This thread is going to be an ongoing affair. If you want to see the other side of the story from John (coldclimb) check this thread here:
http://www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=106572

We somehow convinced others to pack into a little Kia with us and off we go. So here we go.

We managed to get real far before we had any issues. Well the gear didn't fit and so we had to get my dad to make us an awesome front rack for the vehicle. Then we got a whole 15 more minutes before we started to overheat and had to patch the overflow with duct tape, epoxy, and bike tire.


So we drove on into the Sign forest and walked around for a little while.

They say they have 55,000+ signs from all over the world.

John found some equipment to walk on and Richard has his $12 orange juice.


Richard drives way to fast.


another good caterpilar engine that worked on the Alaska Highway.


We drove through to BC and found some big ol' bufferlo,


A view of the road. Which we saw a lot of.


This is what it looks like....ya for over 2000 miles in 3 days. And were going for a few months.


Richard asks where the bufferlo are.



We drove on to Alberta and stopped in the middle of the night. Suddenly a huge T-Rex burst through the woods!!! Richard was freaked. Jess started to run and Tracy said "Meh, ive seen a large carnivore attacking me in the middle of the night before."

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Old Sep-23-2008, 01:26 PM
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$12 OJ but you keep a loaf of bread on the dashboard?

Looks like the road trip of a lifetime. Hope it continues to go well!
Old Sep-23-2008, 10:58 PM
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Old Sep-24-2008, 07:39 PM
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Old Sep-24-2008, 07:41 PM
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Wow, what a first day = many miles. You guys drove right past my place I'm pretty sure!
Anxiously awaiting the rest!

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Old Sep-24-2008, 08:28 PM
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Now I got new places to go see... keep the pics coming.
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Old Oct-08-2008, 10:17 AM
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After Zion we drove to Bryce and took an hour or so looking around. Although I do have pictures from that I don't realllly feel like editing them right now! So Perhaps later. Now though we headed into Moab and spent the night at the Castleton Climbers Campground. Which is awesome, a campground dedicated to climbers, who apparently don't use the bathroom, and is free! We slept under the stars with Castleton looming overhead. The first and second night we had rain which managed to soak my sleeping bag up good. Doh. Then finally it cleared and the weather made itself beautiful again.

The cliffs in the morning are a beautiful color of red and green.


Castleton Tower and the Rectory on the left. 2 years ago John and I climbed Ancient Art and the Cobra, which some might remember from the pictures ( http://prezwoodz.smugmug.com/photos/..._RgdxC-L-1.jpg ), and I have dreamed of Climbing Castleton Ever since. I guess we will just have to see what happens!



We drove into Arches NP and did a climb on Owl Rock which is an easy climb but a prominent pillar. I lead the climb and everyone followed after. Here is Richard.


A Black Diamond advertisement.


Climbing into the Crux


He pulled through just fine and the next to follow was Jess. Digging for gold, or a handhold. When your at that situation its the same thing .



Jess at the crux giving a look of determination.


She goes for the move..... and


Jams her finger right into the rock. Well thats something we have all done!


Tracy climbed up in style on the follow and soon we were all at the summit!
John has the summit shot of all of us if anyone is curious to see us all jammed ontop a small desert tower summit.


There are no longer any bolts at the summit so its a climb back down to the good anchors where Richard keeps a tentative eye out.


John rappels the route as though he is being lowered on a stretcher.


That was our only climb for the day. Next it was off to the Arches to take a look around!
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Old Oct-08-2008, 10:28 AM
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So then it was off to the Arches! Horray, The first thing we came across was a piece of wood in the trail. John and I like to see who can take a good shot of a piece of wood. It is of course just opinion but its fun. I got this one,


Its always harder to take a good picture of dead wood then I imagined so we headed off to the arches.
John: I can get a picture of that.
Richard: Psshh, Ive made bigger arches then that.
Jess: Maybe if I tilt my head it will look different. Thats a big bucket!


John and Tracy doing the sentimental thing in the arch.


What does your horizon look like? Here is a city without the buildings.


I tried to get a night shot of the Delicate Arch but I am still new to these so this is what I came up with.


Attempt #2. It was pretty neat seeing this shot come out as it did with a shadow from the moon.


And your standard mountains with snow...wait...snow? Yup!


The next day would be the realization of a dream for me! I hope to have those pictures up real soon!
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Old Oct-08-2008, 06:44 PM
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The morning looked right, so we hopped up onto Castleton! This beautiful tower is only accessable by flight or climbing. We opted for the cheaper choice!
The route ascends the right dihedral cracks.


We attacked this peak with the ferocity of Everest Sherpas. That is to say we ended up being a party of 8 and we had some people leading, some rope soloing, and some just being belayed.
From the 5 of us on the road trip John took off first and climbed the Chimney.


Jeff Constine aka "Medusa" leading up the 2nd pitch 5.8.



Richard following on the 5.8 pitch.


Richard Multitasking by pulling a rope and unclipping another at the same time. Seriously, climbing needs your hands!



The crux 3rd pitch is a 5.9+ off width / lieback that everyone climbed. It ended up being much more fun then we imagined!



Richard and Jess are belaying in style from a good size ledge on the 3rd pitch.


Richard at the Crux. Giving a face that...well its not exactly a happy face like you see on Ronald Mcdonald while hes handing out cheeseburgers.


The Rectory and other great climbing objectives from the summit.


Some more redness from the summit and streams which used to exist.


John belays Tracy up for the last pitch. What a wonderful route!


We rappelled down the North Face on an awesome rappel. It was quite amazing.



With so many people we ended up with a person on every rappel.



Hiking back to the car was long and painful since my feet still hurt. But the sights were amazing!


I tried a night shot and I'm still working on it. This one didn't turn out to good.
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Old Oct-08-2008, 07:03 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Prezwoodz

We rappelled down the North Face on an awesome rappel. It was quite amazing.




Hiking back to the car was long and painful since my feet still hurt. But the sights were amazing!

Old Oct-08-2008, 08:54 PM
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Wow, looks like an amazing trip. I had no idea what I was getting into when I start reading the thread from page 2, great shots .
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Old Oct-08-2008, 08:59 PM
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I agree with Ann!!!
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Old Oct-13-2008, 05:23 AM
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we hopped up
you guys make it sound so easy
Old Oct-08-2008, 07:00 PM
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John rappels the route as though he is being lowered on a stretcher.


That was our only climb for the day. Next it was off to the Arches to take a look around!

Old Oct-29-2008, 07:10 PM
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Bit of a photo overload but this place is really beautiful. So we took a hike around to the Natural Bride Arch and generally enjoyed our day.



We took a hike through the trail which lead us through a nice stairway down Devils Gulch.


The hike was beautiful but it still felt like something was missing so we headed to climbing and decided to look for animals instead! There were a few otters playing nearby which gave for our first bit of wildlife.


But they didn't like their picture taken.


So I told John that I had never seen a Salamander in the wild. I figured this was a good a place as any! We headed downstream.
The colors of the leaves were intense.


Aha life! This time its a little crawdad that didn't much like his picture taken either.


Still though not what we were looking for so off we went. The finally!


With that achieved we decided to look for a bigger one!
Instead we ran into this rather unsavory character. He didn't like it us much.


On the drive out with contentment in our minds we passed a few horses and I heard "Oooh horses!" and I figured WHY NOT! So we stopped and Tracy got her horse fix.


Then we continued the loop the long way back to Miguels for a night of sandwiches and sleeping.
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Old Oct-29-2008, 08:56 PM
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Cool Trip, Excellent Photos and Stories
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Old Oct-29-2008, 10:03 PM
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That stitch job you have done is cool. I dig the way it looks.
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Old Oct-31-2008, 08:28 AM
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This is epic

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Old Nov-03-2008, 03:11 PM
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Well after getting injured its better not to push yourself to hard and try to continue climbing. What would one do to keep from climbing however? Well with a short...very short discussion we all decided that taking a dip in the Gulf of Mexico was the way to go and we were soon off to Florida, where most of us had never been. We arrived at Gulf Islands National Seashore in Pensacola late in the night and camped on the beach.


my eyes opened as the sun began its gentle rise from the other side of the world and although I was tired I knew I didn't want to miss it.


The colors of the ocean during a sunset or sunrise are always amazing.




The birds gave us things to shoot for while we awaited the morning heat.


and every now and then they would pose for pictures.


After the sunrise we ate a nice breakfast of ramen or canned soup and found this little guy running along the pavement.


They do well at camo when they bury into the sand.


We cruised around the town for a while waiting for the day to heat up so that the swimming would be optimal. The beaches here are incredibly white and stretch for miles.


Richard and John fell in a sinkhole and had to eat sand to get out before the tide took them. Ruff area this body of water is.


John fared much better then Richard who took a turn for the worst.


When we finally made it to the water John put our Spider Man boogie board to the test!


I made this stitch and it could use a bit more work but I thought I would post it. We are headed to New Orleans next. Hoooray!

Thanks for the swim Florida.
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Old Nov-03-2008, 11:54 PM
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Nice shots - you really got the bird nailed well and must have been low light too

I know how hard it is to get up in the morning as I don't do mornings so kudos for the sunrise photos

Cheers, Jase
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