Well for the last two years my friends and I headed out to Moab to celebrate the end of finals and the school year. Well last year we all graduated and it seemed a little iffy as to whether or not the trip would happen. Well everyone got together and we made it happen!
Well the epic adventure started with my friend flying into Albuquerque at 1100 pm. I had slept for a few hours before hand and with high spirits and a case of Red Bull we drove off into the night with our sights on Moab. After 6 hours of driving we pulled into Moab. Exhausted we attempted to find a campsite but we could not find one so we went and found a nice rock to sun tan on and took a nap. Now before I get further into the trip it is important to note that this trip was very different from our previous ones. We have traditionally spent most of our time off roading and done some casual climbing. This year we had our sets on climbing this:
This formation is known as Ancient Art and the crazy looking summit, second from the right, was our ultimate goal. This by the why is the wrong side from which to climb more on that in a little.
After sleeping for about an hour we managed to secure a campsite and killed some time. Our friend landed at the Moab airport at 1:00 pm, we picked him up and away we went! Now none of us had ever climbed anything on this scale. It's a 4 pitched, 300 foot tower and requires that you climb on trad gear. We were incredibly excited and this lead to our downfall on the first day. As I pointed out the picture above is from the wrong side to climb from. There were two trails that lead from the parking lot, one lead away and one appeared to lead directly to Ancient Art. Of course we took the one that lead straight to the tower. Well it ended in a cliffish area and I was trying to hop down a small ledge that could have been a continuation of the trail when I dropped my rope all the way down the cliff. We were committed! Long story short we did not climb the tower that afternoon.
We returned the next morning and begin our climb:
From the bottom on the CORRECT side. We climbed up view the chimney
In the chimney