November 29, 2009

Signs of Winter

Johnny scours the landscape for signs of Winter.

There are many signs that Winter has arrived in Canada, but perhaps nothing says Hello like a bony cliff launch. Of course, being Ali, he stuck the landing and then proceeded to whip a couple of Mojitos out of his pack for the benefit of all.

And then of course there is Welsted displaying the new Winter line by Patagonia.

Getting stuck in the Ghost is also de rigeur for the true Winter Aficionado.

After getting us stuck, John was only allowed to pretend drive.

They said they were texting for help but I'm quite sure they were just updating their facebook and fitness-singles profiles.

This is the man who graciously came to pull us out of the Waiparous. A man of many talents indeed.

John does his best to ignore the undeniable fact that his truck just spent many hours submerged in The Bog.

After spending a few too many days driving to the Ghost and getting hosed, we decided to go to Haffner and actually do some climbing.

Don't let anyone convince you otherwise, getting a pack to run across the bottom of a photo is actually an advanced Winter photo taking technique.

Another part of the Winter Matrix: almost getting smoked by a semi on the side of the Trans Canada.

November 19, 2009

El Desierto

On the road to Joshua Tree and the Mojave Desert.

Walked around amidst snow and ice in the Ghost River Valley today. Went to climb something that looked fat from the road but turned out not so. So we walked and walked and walked and had a good ol day.

Anyway, here's one last look back at the past month down south. Won't be much of this for sometime I reckon.

Hard to beat morning java in the desert.

Spiderline! So good.

Rollin around J-Tree in Jen's Veggie Benz.

Chris and Amy in the back of the Veggie Benz. Danny and I shared a campsite with this rad couple from Haines Alaska.

End of the day light.

My hand got savaged.

Amy crushing a 10d off the Geology Tour Road.

Desert Art.

The super classic Hot Rocks.

Most of the Site 13 Crew.

J-Tree Magic.

Chris and Amy chillen by the fire.

I didn't mean I'd seen everything, John Grady said.
I know you didn't.
I just meant I'd seen things I'd as soon not of.
I know it. There's hard lessons in this world.
What's the hardest?
I don't know. Maybe it's just that when things are gone they're gone. They ain't comin back.

Excerpt from Cormac McCarthy's Cities Of The Plain

November 15, 2009

The Vegas Joshua Tree Freak Show

Last climb of the trip. Spiderline at Joshua Tree.

Mad Lines along the Red Rocks Scenic Loop.

Just returned to The Rockies after thirty days down south. Man the desert is good for the soul. Left the car up north and flew to Vegas where I met up with one of the great American Bluegrass Musicians and Climbers Danny Uhlmann.

Danny getting freaky in Vegas...

...After seeing this in the window of every bookstore.

And back to the serious business of climbing rocks. Jasmin Caton made a special guest appearance fresh off a free ascent of The Moonlight Buttress. PROPS!

Bernie Mac crushing yet another piece of molten stone. I often feel bad for the rock after Bernie pulverizes it.

After trying The Gift a few too many times, I decided to transport the entire Gallery to Mars, thereby reducing the effects of gravity to about one third that of Earth.

Of course, one can only stay so long in Las Vegas before starting to feel dirty. So after a couple of weeks we split for the planet of Joshua Tree.