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[TR] Utah - Desert Daze - Whatever's in the Sun 12/27/2009

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Trip: Utah - Desert Daze - Whatever's in the Sun

 

Date: 12/27/2009

 

Trip Report:

After taking shelter from the hordes of pagans and eating matza soup in Park City, we decided to ski Timpanogos on our way to Indian Creek.

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The views above Provo are pretty awesome; I need to return to ski the West Face.

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Then we drove to Moab and found a cheap hotel for the frigid desert night. The next day we were all elated on first sight of Indian Creek.

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Then we were climbing sheer splittery bliss.

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Bliss became wideness

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I like the sun.

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The next day we drove through snow to the Needles Overlook.

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The view down toward the Colorado River was a spectacular moonscape, with added contrast from the snow.

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Then Davide made post-beer preparations for redemption.

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Couturier in effect.

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I nearly lost my hands to the deep freeze while cleaning this.

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Cecile searches for the elusive butt-jam.

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Stoked before a pitch that redefines my idea of a nice hand crack.

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yeah baby, yeah

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And it just don't stop.

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Get some, buddy.

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Then the snow came, I saw my mom and sister for the first time in years, and we skied flat Colorado powders.

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A shot of Rio Grande Gorge.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

 

Gear Notes:

Too much shit for an airplane, but it was worth it.

 

Approach Notes:

I'm moving somewhere sunny.

 

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My friend was trying to tell me I needed to go there today when we were out ice climbing. Now its going to happen. Nice pictures. I just need to try to remember how to climb rock now.

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I sucked so bad at climbing there, it almost made me want to quit skiing.

 

Great trip. It was good having you guys out.

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Damn. I miss the sun. Must have the sun.

 

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very nice sky!

 

 

u shine so bright without the sun porter :)!!!!! barf!!!

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The last crack appears to be the "Generic Crack?" Gets notably harder around those "pods" where it widens up... so sustained and strenuous!

 

Nice photos...

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Yes, the last one was Generic Crack. I loved climbing through the pods; it was like doing a layback on a hand jam. What a fun pitch!

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