I hope you all had a great 2010, and wish you an even better 2011
In March, Tristan and I drove to Moab to climb. It rained when we arrived, but the next day dawned sunny, so we headed for the Fisher Tower area, where we climbed small towers (it was still quite cold, with snow on the ground).
Next we headed to Indian Creek and climbed Sunflower Tower in the Bridger Jack Mesa – a gorgeous day and wonderful climb.
In April, I headed to Indian Creek and met Andrew from South Africa. Andrew and I headed off to climb more towers. First, we had a perfect day on Thumbelina. Sunny, blue sky, warm, great views, good climbing and loads of fun. Next, we headed for North Sixshooter. It was colder, and very windy, but still a great climb.
In May, Andrew, Niko, and Olek and I hiked in to Dark Angel in Arches, where a huge lightning storm engulfed us as we were near the top. When Andrew started rappelling, a blast of lightning “splash” slammed me on the helmet. Olek and Niko wisely rappelled from the top of the first pitch, foregoing the summit! Olek and I next climbed the Nuns in Castle Valley, while Niko and Andrew climbed a route on the Priest.
We squeezed in a short trip to City of Rocks, Idaho with Andrew and Lauren.
In July, I hooked up in the Sawtooths with Ryan. We hiked in to the Elephant’s Perch and climbed two excellent routes.
From Idaho, I drove to Squamish Chief, one of my favorite places in the world. Jon and I climbed a few short routes; June and I climbed on the Apron; and Ian and I climbed Angel’s Crest.
Andy Cairns from N. Vancouver and I climbed a different short routes and hiked, with June, the most beautiful trail in to Elfin Lakes.
On the way return home I squeezed in a few days at City of Rocks; then flew to San Francisco to help my mother. In October I enjoyed a quick trip to Indian Creek.
Meanwhile, Tristan decided to take a leave of absence from college in order to ski race with Team Summit.
In Moab, I got a message from Tristan’s ski race coach that he’d broken his leg and was in the hospital.
I drove really fast and arrived as he was waking after surgery to place a titanium rod in his tibia, from the knee to the ankle. Sadly, his ski-racing career is done for the season.
He’s now walking – slowly, and not far. The surgeon says he will recover completely. We’re waiting to hear whether or not he can race next year.
I’m planning to meet June in April and we’ll go on a climbing trip to Moab, Red Rocks, and more. I’m meeting Andy in late July, and we plan to climb on the Elephant’s Perch.
Enjoy your 2011 as much as I know we will!