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Honeymoon Chimneys, Indian Creek, & Fine Jade

Video of AMGA Alpine Guides Exam
October 16, 2009
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October 28, 2009

Last week I spent 3 days in the Utah desert with Erik Weihenmeyer and fellow guide Ben Kiessel.  Erik has joined us on a few trips over the years, including trips to Red Rocks and Peru.  It’s always inspiring to climb with Erik.  Not only because he is a blind climber, but also due to his enthusiam and true passion for all forms of climbing.

We chose some of the classic lines of the desert, including the Honeymoon Chimneys on the Priest, Fine Jade on the Rectory, and a few Indian Creek splitters such as Incredible Hand Crack and Supercrack.  The weather was a bit challenging on days 1 and 2, with high winds and rain to overcome, but we persevered and then had an absolutely beautiful day on Fine Jade for our last day of climbing.

There is still plenty of warm weather out there in the forecast, and the month of November is always a fine time to climb in the desert.  Give us a call if you want to sneak in a few days of warm weather rock climbing before winter sets in for good!

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View of the Rectory and the Priest from the trailhead.

View of the Rectory and the Priest from the trailhead.

Erik hiking up to the Priest on Day 1.

Erik hiking up to the Priest on Day 1.

Erik nearing the top of the loooooooong first pitch.

Erik nearing the top of the loooooooong first pitch.

Erik mid mantle above the crux on pitch 2/3.

Erik mid mantle above the crux on pitch 2/3.

Erik and Nate on top of the Priest.

Erik and Nate on top of the Priest.

Erik on the Incredible Handcrack.

Erik on the Incredible Handcrack.

Erik on to easier ground in Indian Creek.

Erik on to easier ground in Indian Creek.