Monday, March 20, 2017

Dirty Devil Bikerafting

March 10-14
"Well you wanted an adventure" I repeatedly muttered to myself as I drug my boat back and forth across the river trying to find floatable water.

In early March I decided to take a run down the Dirty Devil river in southeast Utah. Checking the gauge, the flow was 113cfs, just above the published minimum of 100cfs. I figured it would be good. And it was, mostly. Lots of dragging the boat especially in the first 5 miles. I rode my bike a little and walked my bike a lot descending the Angel Point trail to the river where just above the river a short class 3-ish area gave me a pause but I got my bike down OK. 3 days later at Poison Springs cyn, I transitioned to bikepacking mode and made a camp about 8 miles up the canyon. The following day I finished the ride back to Angel Point by about 11AM. The Specialized Fatboy was awesome in 29+ mode.

In between I made camps at No Man's canyon, Twin Corral Box canyon, and Happy canyon. No water was found in any of the canyons beyond a few muddy pools. Settling river water overnight then filtering worked quite well. So beyond skinny water and lots of quicksand everything went very well. It really was a fine adventure.

The put in

Short cl3 band to get down with my bike

Camp at No Man's cyn,

Arch seen between No Man's and Twin Corral Box

Camp at Twin Corral Box cyn.

Gypsum band

Entering Happy cyn. narrows

Petrified wood

Transition to bikepacking mode at Poison springs cyn take out.

Looking back to the Henry mtns. on the way back to Angel pt.

Reward time

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Winter Rock Climbing 2017

February 2017
Well since we don't ski much anymore... Sunny days and warm rock in the desert because, why not? First stop, Joshua Tree. We drove down the indirect way, via Panamint Valley. Been awhile.

Got a nice campsite at White Tank CG.

 We did some climbing

And some sight seeing

Christmas Tree Pass, where we originally intended to climb. But did not.

Then headed to Red Rock for a little more climbing

Monday, January 30, 2017

Lee Vining Ice 2017

Feb/March 2017
Lee Vining with Dave. Dave rope gunned for me all day. We got a couple rare routes in the Narrows then jumped on Heel Toe on the Main Wall. Excellent route!

 Red dot up top is Dave for a little scale

I made it to Lee Vining again on the first day of March. I took Val for his first day of ice climbing and he had to borrow boots, crampons and Technical tools. It would appear as if he is hooked as he spent the next several days on Ebay scooping up gear. Sometime in the last storm cycle avalanches had swept the canyon from side to side through the narrows, a real wake up to the avy potential of the canyon. We didn't do any hard climbs containing ourselves to the Chouinard wall. But after leading up the first route, and running laps, I just moved the top rope from anchor to anchor so we were able to do multiple routes.

 Val in front of the Main Wall

The Bard Harrington Wall

 Avalanche debris