Category Archives: Utah

Joe’s Valley – Part 1

The annual Thanksgiving migration to the south occurred last week and the destination was Joe’s Valley.  I took way more photos than last year so I’ll have to do a few posts to share all the best:

Kevin on Worst Case Scenario

Ho on the Wind Below

Henry sticking the Closet Dyno

Ho on top of Planet of the Apes

Micaela on Self Service

Ummmm, yeah...

Henry on Self Service

EC on Chips (photo by Ho)


Kevin on Kelly's Arete


Joe’s and Triassic Photos… Finally

I’m getting the climbing psyche back so I though I should put some photos up from the Thanksgiving trip to Joe’s and Triassic.  To be honest I wasn’t too impressed with most of my photos, but here’s some that I thought I’d share:

Kyle on Trent's Mom

Trent's Mom again

Ho on Trent's Mom

the Butterfinger Doughnut from the Food Ranch

No joke, my stomach is rumbling just remembering how good those doughnuts are.  I can’t believe it took so long to find out about them.  They are soooooooo goooooood!  Seriously, look at how big the Butterfinger chunks are…

David crushing Chips

Ba! Zaahhtt!!!

Ho finishing up his SoCo fueled send of Desparete (Triassic)

Jarred sending a sweet arete at Triassic

Everyone warming up at Triassic

On to the jumps…

Jarred styling it

David styling it

Kevin not styling it, but Jarred making up for it

Well, I’m thinking about doing a year in review type post, so we’ll see if I ever get around to it.  Hope y’all enjoyed the photos.


Triassic Vid

Here’s the vid from Triassic.  K-fed gave a pretty good summary of the trip on his blog as well, so check it out.  I’m taking a break from climbing for the next 6 or 8 weeks.  I was planning on it anyway, but I hurt a finger the last day at Joe’s so I had to move my plans up a week.  Anyways, the posts may be less frequent (not that I’ve been posting a ton the last month…) for the next couple months.  I’ve got some photos from both Joe’s and Triassic that I plan on posting and I may even post up some random old photos to keep the psyche high during the winter.  I may even give into the typical blog “year in the review” and “2011 goals” posts.

Enjoy the vid.


Joe’s Valley Vid

I’m feeling pretty lazy so instead of a lengthy post about everyone from Bozeman sending everything at Joe’s Valley over Thanksgiving, I’ll just post up a vid of some stuff that we climbed.  By the way, it was an awesome trip, with an awesome crew.  Stay tuned for another video of some Triassic classics and maybe even some photos.  Enjoy.


New Vids

Here’s a couple new videos I put together.  The first is from my Utah excursion last weekend.  It has a couple problems from Little Cottonwood, one from Ibex, and a couple from Joe’s.  It also shows some of the other recreational activities available at Ibex.  Thanks to Megan for Little Cottonwood footage.

The second is a couple classic problems from Whiskey Gulch.  It includes Holmer on the Italian Job, an awesome V5-ish (VERY subjective grade me thinks) that was first climbed by Jeff Ho last year.  Ho did it completely different than how Holmer and I did, but either way it’s a really unique climb, that might be my new favorite problem at Whiskey.  The other is myself on Globe Trotter, a classic “old” problem at Whiskey.  The guide has it down as V5, but I think it’s settling in around V3.  It’s a really fun problem with a great view.  Enjoy!

Also, since I’m going to start using it in all my videos, I’ve also got to give one more shout out to Jeff Ho for taking the lichen photo that is starting to become the face of  Thanks again Jeff!


Utah Triple Threat

Last weekend I made the drive down to Salt Lake to meet up with Marc, Megan, and Adam.  Megan and Adam flew in from Michigan to do a marathon so it was a climbing trip for me and a running trip for them, while Marc dabbled in both.  I started with Little Cottonwood on Thursday and Friday.  I somehow managed to do three problems that I was gunning for: Surfboard Arete, Smiley Right, and Fungus.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos.

Next up, after Megan and Adam crushed the marathon and Marc stumbled through the half marathon we headed to Ibex, the premier redneck climbing destination.  I’d been to Ibex 3 times before, once it was 95 and way too hot, once it was 30 with 40mph winds, and the other time was on the way back from Bishop and I was too tired to climb.  So essentially this was my first climbing trip to Ibex.  It has to be one of the most unique bouldering areas in the nation.  Lot’s of great climbs, but most of the mega classics seem to start around V7.  I worked on the Topus, V5 for a while, which Marc got quickly.  It’s a great problem, that’s well worth the drive.  Here’s some photos of Marc sending the Topus and a few other from Ibex.  Some Bozemanites may recognize a couple names on the old car…

Marc on the Topus, V5

Marc on the Topus, V5

Shootin' Sand

Ibex Cliffs

Bozemanites Representin'

I finished up the Utah Trifecta at Joe’s Valley on Monday while everyone else headed back to SLC/Michigan.  Again, no photos, but I did get some decent video that I’ll post up soon, hopefully.

Hope everyone else had a great weekend, too.