Disposable Diaries – Maple Canyon Labor Day 2016

606241-r1-07-16aI spent Labor Day weekend up in Maple Canyon, Utah… again, its pretty apparent we like it here since i’ve blogged about it once or twice HERE or HERE but this time Tim had some vacation time so he packed up and spent 2 weeks straight camping there. Part of me was jealous it wasn’t me also going for 2 weeks straight to watch his beard grow (that work doesn’t allow) BUT, luckily I was able to get there both weekends he was there to see the beard… oh and of course climb rocks. The end of summer is the PERFECT time to be there; the weather is absolutely gorgeous still, but with the fall colors starting to show up. Here are some under and over exposed grainy shots from my FijiFilm Quicksnap. It feels like they’re shots from an old climbing guidebook or something.

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606241-r1-00-24aOur campsite was near what I like to call a “blubbling brook” which makes for a dreamy atmosphere. It kept reminding me of those CDs that help people fall asleep like, the sound of the ocean, or crickets or-or like crackling fire place.

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606241-r1-03-20aThe edge of this photo got messed up in developing, and I dig it.

606241-r1-06-17aWe climbed with this guy Brent who was best friends/owner of these two bears dogs , the lighter one would run in front of his truck as he drove through the canyon to get energy out.  606241-r1-04-19a

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606241-r1-08-15aOur campmate Andrew (climbing) and Brent (belayer) beginning a climb at Minimum Crag.

606241-r1-09-14aI like how the colors got colder & deeper in the evening, still being able to see the last of the days light reflecting on the upper cobbles.

606241-r1-12-9aOne of the evenings as we were wrapping up our last climbs someone said the magic word: PIZZA… that word lingered til we all decided we HAD to go where pizza was, so we drove into this tiny town called Mount Pleasant outside the canyon to Main Street Pizza. It was SO WORTH IT.

606241-r1-13-5aHere I’m on Heathen (11b) at Pictograph wall, one of my favorite climbs of the weekend.

606241-r1-14-4aOn our rest day we hiked into some hot springs to sooth our sore muscles.

606241-r1-15-3aShadow wanted to be as close to Tim as possible but also didn’t want to get in the water, so she stayed ride on the edge of the rocks protecting him, haha.

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606241-r1-17-1aLook close… we’re in the hole of the water fall, which is surrounded by shirtless strangers. I think I’ll frame this one.

606241-r1-19-00aI know its blurry but I had to show how many freaking caterpillars were EVERYWHERE. They were all over my gear and around our campsite. Super fuzzy little creatures, I began to get nervous I was going to squish them at every turn. BUT BUT! think of the all the beautiful butterflies that will reside there soon. (or moths… probably moths)

I hope everyones Labor Day was full of adventure or however you wanted to spend the last glimpses of Summer. Now, excuse me while I go put on some white.  #therearenorules

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Disposable Diaries – Maple Canyon Labor Day 2016

Cannibal Crag

IMG_3068FullSizeRenderIts been such a delightful transition to summer here in Vegas. Every weekend has been perfect temps for climbing in Red Rock. My old college roommate Desi and her boy came to town this weekend to climb. Headed out to Cannibal crag Friday afternoon. I love this crag because its about 15 minutes from my house and you can see it from the rode making it an easy spot to run up to after work for a quick session, AND you still get a killer view away from the city. Weekend, I miss you already.

Cannibal Crag

hot & cold January

Began the year with the worst stomach flu of my life.. resulting in a pass out, goose egg on my forehead and getting an at-home IV to put fluids back in me. Since then, the year couldn’t have gone anywhere but up right? Which it did.. up a beautiful wall with some climbing at Red Rock with my boy Tim. We’re so blessed with the winter weather in Vegas, we deserve it after the summers we suffer through. With that, Red Rock is up the street for the most part, another blessing for me personally; to get out of town and soak up the mountains in a 15 minute drive.
This past weekend Tim and I took a trip to Island Park, Idaho. We stayed in a massive cabin along the lake with 7 other couples and some of their children.
 Friday was the main snowmobiling day. Tim nor I had ever sat on a snowmobile in our life. The 3 1/2 hour ride turned into 6 hours after getting lost and trying to keep up with the other experienced riders. Who knew digging a snowmobile out of snow would be so exhausting, not to mention a bruised bum from 6 hours of riding the bumpy road. We got back right before the sun went down where I had to immediately get in the shower to help my fingers and toes thaw.. that was painful.
We rode into Montana (part of Yellowstone) for a short while.. making it a 4 state trip. rad.
 Saturday we made our way to Logan to see my college and some people I love. My old roommate Desi is studying aviation at Utah State and took us up for a flight just in time to catch the sunset.
 Those mountain tho..
 This was right before Desi and her instructor pulled a power off stunt making me think I was plummeting to my death. Not cool Desi.. not cool.
 Logan from the sky.
Perfect weekend getaway.
Nice to dabble in the snow for some time.
Letting us desert rats have a normal January weekend to start off the year
…I’m ready for more 2014.
hot & cold January

Catherine Destivelle

Lets all get inspired from this lady. Because she makes me want to quit my life and live on a wall.
Catherine Destivelle… you are mad.

but you’re also my hero.

We can learn a few things from her:
1. If you need to do splits on the wall.. for heaven sake do splits on a wall. #splitsonwalls
similar to:
2. please where neon spandex.. I mean why not?
 3. Like in the video above she says she prefers going solo climbing because she hates the idea of  being roped to someone else, she gets nervous when she has to depend on others… I wouldn’t necessarily say take from this that we should all solo climb, cuz most of us would die, BUT, I do like her confidence in herself. I’m sure there’s a level of being so comfortable with her ability (and training and body limit) to do something this insane. But I look up to her for that.
 4. WEAR NEON SPANDEX… and try deep water solo climbing asap.
 5. Purple quickdraws? I think I’ll pass on that one. Climbing in the 80’s must have been so bright.
 6. Do more squats
 7. Find striped leotard
8. Splits for days you guys. she’s incredible. Be daring, pursue passions, travel to places you’ve never been, challenge yourself with whatever it is you love.
(but also be safe … for your mothers sake)
Catherine Destivelle