I had been wanting to see Arches for a long time and finally got to go this weekend! Very very crowded but gorgeous.
Pre-Dawn hike to Delicate is a MUST.
I've been to Northern America ('93 '95 and '97) and three times I visited Grand Junction (Colorado) where I stayed in the nice Melrose Hostel and took part in the organized day trip to Arches. Actually in 93 I took the trip twice. It is just such a wonderful place.
loved arches from the first moment i laid eyes upon it. it's a great place to climb towers though i've only just started with climbs of bullwinkle and off-balance towers. and of course, everyone should experience elephant butte once in their lifetime.
4/16/11- climbed tonka tower, west face(5.8 A0) and owl rock's olvesky route(5.8) on a beautiful, sunny day.
10/15/11- climbed bubo tower's north face(5.7 R) in the twilight before rappelling into the night.
11/19/11- devil's golf ball(5.9 C1), my first aid tower. a strenuous, free jugging experience. good stuff! dark angel, dark angel....
2/18/12- pickle(5.9 C1), my first sustained aid lead. took awhile, but i felt really comfortable working my way up the bolts. the free moves at the top were funky until reaching the big hueco.
3/24/12- ham rock(5.8+), possible true first ascent w/derek. what a rope-eater of a crack on the rappel, a strenuous pull to say the least!
10/13/12- three penguins(5.10a, C1), a year long project A.J. and i finally put to rest! topping out was a rush of relief after being stumped by this monster twice before. now to bigger, tougher towers....
11/24/12- dark angel(5.7, C1), mixed free and aid on both pitches. we topped out in the dark, and had an awesome free hanging rappel through the desert night! unexpected, so cool!
10/9/16- three gossips(5.7, C1+), climbed the dream tower via the west face w/A.J. fought my way through some tricky, thin aid sections on the second pitch, yet made it through unscathed. couldn't believe we finally made the summit of the north gossip! so freakin' cool!
the question lingers, how cool would a free rappel from the double arch be?
A great place for desert hiking. Really enjoyed the Fiery Furnace, the walks out to the Dark Angel and the Klondike Bluffs.
Like a wax museum on fire, wonderous looking up at the Tower of Babel.