Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Jack flashing Cerebral Edema


Steep crimper project

Jack on the FA of Nautilus
Danny in the crux of the scary highball, Wendigo.
Tyler Wade on One-Two Punch
Thomas nabbing the 2nd ascent of Grapevine Arete'
Danny on the 2nd ascent of Trailside Roof. Photo by Tamara Hastie
Danny takes a lap up Padre's Angels

The Wendigo from Matt G on Vimeo.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Hell and High Water

Floodwaters under Projects..
Headed to higher ground for dry rock. Thomas on the FA of The Great Escape
Ghost Echoes 2nd ascent
2nd ascent of Hypodermic Needles
FA of The Great Escape

Hypodermic Needles from Matt G on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Quicksand and Limestone

Thomas on the fa on Dinebito Bandito

Tyler on the opening jugs of The Banquet

Thomas working a steep arete project

all sorts of things wash up into roof pockets...

The Banquet from Matt G on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Scouring Mogollon Rim Country

Always so close to finding a new area with pocketed roofs, instead there are endless blank roofs for miles. Gates swing tomorrow, closing the forest roads for winter, further exploration will have to be put on hold until spring. Time for trips to Red Rocks, Bishop and Hueco...

Blimp Roof, likely the most spectacular limestone roof in Northern AZ, located south of winslow a long way down the 99 into Willow Canyon.

Sam amidst a sea of pockets

Opening moves

into the crux

mid crux

in case you don't know..

Blimp Roof Vid by Syknar

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Scratching the Surface

Exploring sections of West Chevelon Canyon, finding many big roofs with few holds. 

3 watering holes for 3 dogs

old metal wagon

Finding one of these monsters with holds makes all the searching worthwhile

Check out a photo of me climbing Lolita on The Mars Roof shot by Ken Etzel, and another of Joel Unema climbing at The Waterfall in Oak Creek Canyon shot by Blake Mccord. http://www.rockandice.com/photo-galleries/seven-photos-that-did-not-run-but-should-have

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Lion's Den

3 Mountain Lions near Sycamore Canyon, Northern AZ photo courtesy of Darren Choate's game camera 

2nd ascent of Cerebral Edema
Muddy Waters gunning for the 3rd ascent
Pressure Drop 
Pressure Drop

Dan after a devastating ground fall off a highball in Kelly Canyon. He ended up with a diagnosis of broken knee, dislocated elbow and broken/dislocated foot.  We we're able to haul him out of the canyon on crash pads, and get him to the hospital in the back of Thomas' subaru. Two months later, he is healing fast and should be back to climbing in a few months.

All photos courtesy of Keith North, check out more of his work at northsidephoto.blogspot.com