Fall Climbing trip to Moab and Indian Creek

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moab
United States

I find November  a tough month to be in Canada. Sometimes the preseason skiing is good, but the rain and the grey often dims my motivation to explore.

Sat, 2012-11-03 09:22 - wooo hooo!The Creek!

I always try to squeak in a quick climbing or surfing trip so that I can come back home and start to get fired up for ski season.

Sun, 2012-11-04 10:41 - cat wall approachJay, Susie, Kelly and Ruby heading up to send!

This year I had a bunch of friends from Squamish and Nelson heading down to the Moab area in Utah to climb, and I decided to join in for some desert climbing. Thanks so much to Katy, Kelly, Ruby, Jay, Susie, Jia, Ange, Ella, Elias, Nick, Karina and Nate for such a great time!

Sun, 2012-11-04 12:02 - Susie on PumaSusie crushing on Puma

Sun, 2012-11-04 16:31 - Katy crushing the final move on King CatKaty crushing the final move on King Cat

Sun, 2012-11-04 17:42 - Kelly with the six shooters at sunsetKelly with the six shooters at sunset

I mainly climbed in Indian Creek, but managed to finally tick off the North Face of Castleton Tower with Jay Burbee and Susie Dain-Owens which I've been wanting to climb ever since I rappeled down it. It was pretty cool too, as it was Jay's fourth try at the route having been thwarted by weather the previous times.

Tue, 2012-11-06 09:31 - full no hands restCam milking a full no hands rest on P1 of Castleton's north face

Tue, 2012-11-06 11:16 - Jay cruxing on P1 of the N. Face of CastletonJay cruxing on P1 of the N. Face of Castleton

Tue, 2012-11-06 11:36 - Jay leading P2 of the N. Face of CastletonJay leading P2 of the N. Face of Castleton

This turned out to be a highlight of the trip, and a reminder of how special these desert towers are. They're always burly with steep exposed crack climbing in a beautiful setting with not a drop of rain, does life get much better?

Mon, 2012-11-05 11:25 - Cam channelling leopard tight power on the sicilianCam channelling leopard tight power on the sicilian

Although I could have stayed for a month after climbing 7 days in a row my body needed a rest, and my thoughts started to turn to heading back north and prepping the quiver for the upcoming ski season. Enjoy the pix.

Thu, 2012-11-08 16:05 - cat wall sunset, Jia on Johnny catcat wall sunset, Jia on Johnny cat

full set of pix

http://www.flickr.com/photos/genuineguidegear/sets/72157631992202502/

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