Thursday, March 6, 2008


Hueco is far away. We packed the car in 20 minutes and spent minimal time on this photo shoot of Eric and his chocolate. So why didn't we leave Anaheim until 11:00? I blame the Care Bears musical toothbrush that Eric had to buy and stupid kids from Orange that sniff Sharpies.

photo - Jeff Sillcox

This is where pictures from the Rock Rodeo would be if I'd taken any. It was all we could do to climb six boulder problems after rolling into the Ranch at 1:00am.

We spent most of our trip on North Mountain since we had reservations and couldn't rationalize spending a bunch of money on tours when it was so hot. So we chased shade, caves, and friendly holds.

Eric sending Stegasaur (V8) with the V6 beta: butt first

photo - Jeff Sillcox

Eric dislocating his spine to reach the pocket on Mousie Adame (V7). This problem will be closed when the park decides that this is Native American rock art. Until then, it's just graffiti.

photo - Jeff Sillcox

We only did one backcountry tour and spent the first part of the day getting beat up by small holds and warm temps.
Focus (V10)

photo - Jeff Sillcox

We gave up on Focus pretty fast after Eric got attacked by bad technique (not his) and moved on to some easier classics such as Slim Pickins (V5)

photos - Jeff Sillcox

and Jingus Bells (V5)

photos - Eric Lang & Jeff Sillcox

The highlight of the first half of the week was definitely the pickle incident. Eric and I ate a whole jar of pickles in a couple hours and then Eric decided that drinking all the pickle juice was a good idea. It was not.

photos - Jeff Sillcox

Sunset segway to second half of trip...

photo - Jeff Sillcox

Jamie came down from Salt Lake for a few days and cleaned up her project from the previous trip, Memento (V0+).

photo - Jeff Sillcox

And apparently learned how to use her arms, flashing Orifice Office (V1) and coming really close on some other steep problems.

photos - Eric Lang

Eric almost pulled out a last day send of Schwerer Gustov (V11), but instead succumbed to heat exhaustion and pickle juice poisoning.

photo - Jeff Sillcox

Jamie trying to remember how to slab climb on La Delicate (V3) after a winter in the gym.

photo - Eric Lang

This is what it looks like driving through Arizona in the middle of the night after eating three packages of Pop Tarts.

photo - Jeff Sillcox


Jim said...

sucks the temps weren't so good. i'm surprised the pickle juice turned out to be a bad idea...wouldn’t have guessed that.

andrew said...

to je nahoda, my mom did that same exact thing with olives...when she was 5.

Great pics as always.


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