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The Good Times
Trip Report

The Good Times

 
The Good Times

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Idaho, United States, North America

Object Title: The Good Times

Date Climbed/Hiked: Jun 21, 2008

Activities: Trad Climbing

Season: Summer

 

Page By: rpc

Created/Edited: Jun 23, 2008 / Jun 25, 2008

Object ID: 414852

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Page Score: 85.78%  - 21 Votes 

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Carol s Crack
Carol's Crack

 
Elephant Rock In Evening Glow
Elephant Rock

 
Parking Lot Rock
Parking Lot Rock

 
Snakes And Ladders
Snakes & Ladders

Sometimes things balance themselves out. If the Cochise climbing trip last year lies at one end of the weekend climb-trip spectrum, our last weekend’s City Of Rocks outing is at its polar opposite. No busted ankles, no bleeding eye sockets, no insect bites, no falls, no vertical boulder fields, no mystery infections, no f…ed up weather, no dislocated shoulders…wait, scratch that one. Other than a sprained canine “wrist” joint, one speeding ticket, 4.22 tanks of Saudi’s finest, and 20 hours of driving, it was just 1.5 wonderful climbing days on solid rock in the beautiful Idaho sunshine! Great rock, great pitches and great beer. Blondie’s grounder on a 4th class boulder descent (hence sprained paw), Shirley’s traditional lead of Batwings (bypass the bolt on the Direct variation) and a handjam of mine that refused to quit on Z Cracks provided the only drama. Oh yeah, we perhaps got some good karma points for changing an old couple’s flat tire on the Idaho backroads (which was quickly spent in having my speeding ticket knocked down a bracket). As a good Taliban, I once again “let” my wife fight most of the battles for me – Shirley led some quality pitches in good style with Thin Slice (and actually Batwings) being her pride and joy. Nothing else to be said other than some photos.
Good Times...
Good Times...NOT!

Saturday

On Saturday, I led Z-Cracks (3/4 stars), Double Cracks (3+/4 stars), and Colombian Crack (4/4 stars). Shirley led Snakes & Ladders (2+/4 stars), Batwings (4/4 stars!!), and Rye Crisp (4/4).

Z-Cracks
Z-Cracks (5.9)

Snakes And Ladders
Snakes And Ladders (5.9)

Double Cracks
Double Cracks (5.10a)

Double Cracks
Double Cracks (5.10a)

Bat Wings
Batwings (5.8)

Batwings
Batwings (5.8)
Colombian Crack
Colombian Crack (5.7)
Rye Crisp
Rye Crisp (5.8)

Sunday

On Sunday, I led nothing....unless bailing off the first bolt counts as leading. Shirley led Carol's Crack (3/4 stars) & Thin Slice (4/4 stars).

Carol s Crack
Carol's Crack (5.8)
Carol s Crack
Carol's Crack (5.8)

Thin Slice
Thin Slice (5.10a)

Thin Slice
Thin Slice (5.10a)

Thin Slice
Thin Slice (5.10a)

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jhalzAH! The City...

jhalz

Voted 10/10

Nice trip report man. I miss that place, laid-back climbing, granite, sweet sweet granite...
Posted Jun 24, 2008 11:32 am

rpcRe: AH! The City...

rpc

Hasn't voted

Thanks Jason! Yeah man - that right there is what the City is all about: great climbing in a laid back atmosphere. Love that place! Got the pic's from you in the email, will check them out now.
Posted Jun 24, 2008 1:34 pm

Joe Whitedude....

Joe White

Voted 10/10

THAT PLACE LOOKS AMAZING!!!!!!! such great photos...u guys are total climbing junkies...my kinda people!!
Posted Jun 24, 2008 3:50 pm

rpcRe: dude....

rpc

Hasn't voted

:) thanks man - appreciate the good word. You guys should check that place out. It's only a little further from Vancouver than from PDX (OK, maybe 2-3 hrs. further I'd guess).
Posted Jun 24, 2008 4:33 pm

BeDrinkableAhhh ...

BeDrinkable

Voted 10/10

Sweet granite and nothing broken. Nice TR.
Posted Jun 25, 2008 3:04 pm

rpcRe: Ahhh ...

rpc

Hasn't voted

thank you very much! yeah, no breaks or blood :)
Posted Jun 25, 2008 3:52 pm

jlagRe: Ahhh ...

Hasn't voted

Was just there a few weeks before you, such good climbing.


What did you think about Z Cracks? I've never lead it but i followed it last year and thought it was pretty hard for 5.9. Very strenous/awkward crack climbing. Pretty fun though.

I need to get out there and get on Thin Slice, it's always got someone on it though.

JL
Posted Jul 9, 2008 12:40 pm

rpcRe: Ahhh ...

rpc

Hasn't voted

J.,
yeah - love that place. We really wanted to go back the following weekend (despite the required 19 hrs driving for 1.5 days of climbing) but other stuff came up.

The one thing I remember about Z-Cracks is this great handjam I got at the bulge....so great that I couldn't free my hand, thought I was gonna fall onto it and break my wrist, but finally wiggled it out. Awkward stuff.

Thin Slice is a cool route & I think you'd like it - much thin/technical face at the crux. By the way, I liked it a lot more following Shirley's (clean) lead than couple years back when I led it (with a hang :)
Posted Jul 9, 2008 1:00 pm

junoiceclimberGreat job out there

junoiceclimber

Voted 9/10

Tis a nice trip report with great pics from a variety of excellent climbs. Thanks for sharing.
Posted Apr 16, 2009 1:33 pm

rpcRe: Great job out there

rpc

Hasn't voted

thanks man!
Posted Apr 16, 2009 4:22 pm

junoiceclimberRe: Great job out there

junoiceclimber

Voted 9/10

and by the way, YOU ROCK! Great SP power, hombre. I recently posted a trip report to Ancient Art Stolen Chimney if your interested in a story I submitted to the Juneau Empire up here.
Posted Apr 16, 2009 4:41 pm

rpcRe: Great job out there

rpc

Hasn't voted

hey thanks again :)
will check out the tr
Posted Apr 16, 2009 7:24 pm

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