Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Arizona Rock Climbing February 11-14th

Arizona Rock Climbing
February 11-14th

Lea and I drove up after work to my buddies Ryan's place in Scottsdale, arrived at 3am, brushed out teeth and crashed.  We woke up to beautiful weather and decided to climb in Phoenix for the day.

Day 1:
We hiked into the Superstition Mountains to do a climb that was highly rated in the guidebook.
Baddass and Ready to Roll                       
Squeeze and Chimney equal fun!
Not so stellar bolts atop pitch 2

Lea Squeezing Through the final slot

Day 2:
We drove into Cochise Stronghold in southeastern Arizona and arrived in night in time to set up camp.  We got up early and hike out to What's My Line 5.6 AO R.  It was sunny out by winds were 30 MPH, which meant that the runout 5.6 pitch would have a little flavor.  It was super fun, super windy and a super cool line!
Shot the next day of two climbers on route
Beta Shot.  Here is the route!  Such a nice line
Lea following run out 5.6.  30 mph winds and one piece of pro in 150 feet kept me on my toes
Smiles all the way
Me following the next pitch

                            Lea was smart: weighted the sling so it wouldn't blow away
Bomber anchor!

Windy Summit

Summit Video
The Hike Back

Dinner Time
Dinner Time Video

Day 3:
The weather looked good, so we decided to head over to do Endgame 5.10a.  I got off route into some 5.11c territory and had to lower off to repeat the stellar first pitch.  We climbed pitch after pitch of exposed amazing and thought provoking sections.  We topped out with high winds with huge smiles!

There's End Pinnacle on the Rockafellas
Lea on pitch 1 of Endgame
Time to fuel up
Beta Photo of P3, We were having too much fun to take pic
Rope was too short, so had to do a beaner block to rap
Dinner Time...Carne Asada

Day 4:
The weather was poor, so we headed over to Tombstone for some history and some tourism.

The Town Too Tough To Die
The site at OK Corral of the infamous gunfight
Victims of the gunfight

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