Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Great White Icicle and the probable FFA

the First Formal Ascent that is...

the board members

the 10:30am tele-conference

aggressive business strategies guarantee success

looking sharp

pitch 3

running a few minutes late

mr. white, mr. brown, & mr. pink

or is it mr. brown, mr. orange, & mr. pink?

time for contemplation at the base of pitch 4

still looking sharp

pitch 4

climbing the corporate ladder

watch yourself!


so in summery, the stocks look good...

...and continue to rise!

the 'aid climber'


the greek

the button pusher

Monday, December 21, 2009

Rediscovering Winter

the sluggish green river rolling through canyonlands national park

fort bottom

cottonwood + calamari

calamari + wingate

mineral bottom

big chris smith, rediscovering his winter with PBR via a red vine

the one, the only, b.ditto

c.thomas also sending baghdad, santaquin canyon

the south side, LCC

and the north side

beckey's wall, bottom's up

and from up

jules, what an angle

bizarre things happen in the west desert

skull valley's ark boulder

stansbury island

sun & shells, but we're not talking about the beach

for sure it's pretty, but that's about it....

Friday, December 11, 2009

What did your 4x4 do last weekend?

this is a quick visual story about the second ascent and FFA of an all clean tower (leave no trace style)... december 4th moab forcast - high of 21F, low of 13F (it was a double down coat kind of weekend)

wrangling the wood, SLut

big chris smith, trimming his wood

the anchor is ready

soda springs basin, canyonlands national park

the tower - yum kipper

the gear

the approach

remnants from past travelers

getting close

the climbing on some of these towers isn't always pretty


the summit at nightfall

warming with tea

more tea and contemplation of our sanity

ya, that's right, duct tape

ari, man'ing up, and rappelling into the blackness from the 4x4

yup, thats the anchor

on the ground. both us and the anchor. a successful ascent and descent leaving no fixed anything!

the anchor give'ath warmth