Page Type Page Type: Trip Report
Date Date Climbed/Hiked: Jun 21, 2008
Activities Activities: Trad Climbing
Seasons Season: Summer

The Text

Carol s CrackCarol's Crack

Elephant Rock In Evening GlowElephant Rock

Parking Lot RockParking Lot Rock

Snakes And LaddersSnakes & 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!


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-CracksZ-Cracks (5.9)

Snakes And LaddersSnakes And Ladders (5.9)

Double CracksDouble Cracks (5.10a)

Double CracksDouble Cracks (5.10a)

Bat WingsBatwings (5.8)

BatwingsBatwings (5.8)
Colombian CrackColombian Crack (5.7)
Rye CrispRye Crisp (5.8)


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

Thin SliceThin Slice (5.10a)

Thin SliceThin Slice (5.10a)

Thin SliceThin Slice (5.10a)


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jhalz - Jun 24, 2008 11:32 am - Voted 10/10

AH! The City...

Nice trip report man. I miss that place, laid-back climbing, granite, sweet sweet granite...


rpc - Jun 24, 2008 1:34 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: AH! The City...

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.

Joe White

Joe White - Jun 24, 2008 3:50 pm - Voted 10/10


THAT PLACE LOOKS AMAZING!!!!!!! such great photos...u guys are total climbing kinda people!!


rpc - Jun 24, 2008 4:33 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: dude....

:) 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).


BeDrinkable - Jun 25, 2008 3:04 pm - Voted 10/10

Ahhh ...

Sweet granite and nothing broken. Nice TR.


rpc - Jun 25, 2008 3:52 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Ahhh ...

thank you very much! yeah, no breaks or blood :)

jlag - Jul 9, 2008 12:40 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Ahhh ...

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.



rpc - Jul 9, 2008 1:00 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Ahhh ...

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 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 :)


junoiceclimber - Apr 16, 2009 1:33 pm - Voted 9/10

Great job out there

Tis a nice trip report with great pics from a variety of excellent climbs. Thanks for sharing.


rpc - Apr 16, 2009 4:22 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great job out there

thanks man!


junoiceclimber - Apr 16, 2009 4:41 pm - Voted 9/10

Re: Great job out there

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.


rpc - Apr 16, 2009 7:24 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great job out there

hey thanks again :)
will check out the tr

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