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Moab rock climbing; a year-round affair!

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October 20, 2011
Winter Ascent of Engineer
January 2, 2012

Winter?  What?  Whatever!  We’re going rock climbing!

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That’s right, Moab rock climbing can be enjoyed all year round.  Chris came last weekend for some tower and rock fun in the beautiful red desert.

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After picking Chris up at the airport in Durango, we were off to the desert.  A few hours later at the base of Castleton tower setting up camp.

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Saturday we attempted Castleton in the crisp air which was perfect for hiking and climbing.  Though we only made it a few pitches up we enjoyed some warm sun, great views, and a short nap on the top of the second pitch.

Realizing that the nearly 6000 jump in altitude was getting to Chris, we decided call it a day and rappel off.  We’ll be back.

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That night we met up with Matt P and Jeff W who were climbing towers as well for some beers and dinner in Moab.   After Dinner, we camped under the unreal star-filled sky that Moab always seems to provide.

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Sunday, we decided to play around at the famous Wall Street crag for some fun climbs and rope ascension practice.  Chris was feeling better today and managed to send a 5.10b with two rests that he could’nt even get up last year!

Nice job Chris!

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Then I set up some jugging (rope ascending) practice.

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Well, after some Wall Street fun it was time to hit the road to get Chris back to D-town for his flight home.

Another great weekend in Moab that goes to show that if the sun’s-a-shinin, rock climbing in the desert is a year round affair!

BG