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Annual Moab Trip Report!!

post #1 of 14
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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:

 

 

parking lot

 

 

From the bottom on the CORRECT side. We climbed up view the chimney

 

 

In the chimney

post #2 of 14
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Shelf party! This is about 200 feet up the tower. This was the group climbing ahead of us.

 

 

Very top of the tower we made it! 

 

After successfully climbing the tower we went back to camp and hung out for the night. One more friend and his girlfriend showed up over night. She had never been climbing before so we took her desert tower trad climbing! we climbed a much smaller tower that was only one pitch and about 90 feet high.

 

 

That's the tower we are going to climb

 

 

She made it to the top!

 

After that we had to take the one friend back to the airport and went to see the delicate arch:

 

 

Things were fantastic and we had as good a time as always but it was unfortunately time to go.

 

Things went well until a tire blew:

 

 

it wasn't the greatest end to the trip but I had AAA and it all got worked out in the end.

post #3 of 14

Sorry that it ended with a blow out, but the trip looks like a ton of fun. 

 

Thanks for sharing.

post #4 of 14
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Thanks it was great and unfortunately something on the jeep breaking is a part of the Moab tradition. The first year all the lug bolts sheared on a tire, last year an axle snapped and this year was the blow out. 

post #5 of 14
...hot chicks wo like to do fun stuff... You guys rock !
post #6 of 14

very cool TR. very cool picture of you at the top of that spire. I would not be able to do that  

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very cool TR. very cool picture of you at the top of that spire. I would not be able to do that  

Thanks! to be honest though I thought there was no way I was going to be able to convince myself to go up there until I pretty much got there. The group ahead of us only had one person summit out of 6 and crossing the sidewalk is one of the scariest things I have ever done.

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...hot chicks wo like to do fun stuff... You guys rock !

 

Nice TR Lonewolf!   Next time ya gotta get the hot chicks on top of the spire... like that credit card commercial.  Ya also need a helicopter for pics smile.gif

 

Seriously, folks visiting UT or CO to ski in March or April (or May!) should consider a side trip to Moab.  It's an amazing place and just 3-4 hours from Vail, Aspen or Salt Lake.  I used to do an annual road trip to Altabird for closing weekend then spin through Moab to mountain bike for a day coming back to Denver.  Good times!

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Nice TR Lonewolf!   Next time ya gotta get the hot chicks on top of the spire... like that credit card commercial.  Ya also need a helicopter for pics smile.gif

Seriously, folks visiting UT or CO to ski in March or April (or May!) should consider a side trip to Moab.  It's an amazing place and just 3-4 hours from Vail, Aspen or Salt Lake.  I used to do an annual road trip to Altabird for closing weekend then spin through Moab to mountain bike for a day coming back to Denver.  Good times!

Haha I wish we could get a helicopter. The girls thing I think we could pull off next time wink.gif

I do agree about the side trip though. One of the coolest trips I have done was go down to shelf road for climbing and then up to Breck for skiing in mid march.

Pretty crazy to go from high 80s and desert to mid 20s and mountains in only a couple hrs drive
post #10 of 14

Lonewolf, have you been to Fruita yet? The climbing and mountain biking are incredible and it's and hour and a half closer to skiing than Moab.  I mountain biked Fruita in the morning then skied the afternoon in the slushy back bowls of Vail on closing day a few years back.  It's really cool going from the desert to snow covered mountains so quickly.  Here are some pics I pulled off the web...

 

http://adventuretravelbuzz.com/independence-monument/

 

http://www.bikemag.com/photos/june-17-2011/

 

Road biking through the Colorado National Monument is amazing too.

 

http://marketplace.telluridewatch.com/view/full_story_adventure/20294923/article-The-Grand-Valley-Beckons

 

If you are in Fruita or driving by to Moab or SLC, stop at the Hot Tomato, one of the best pizza places anywhere (one of the owners took the MTB pic above): http://hottomatocafe.com/

 

While I'm at it... Fiesta Guadalajara in Fruita has amazing Mexican: http://www.yelp.com/biz/fiesta-guadalajara-fruita

 

It's crazy those are a couple of my fav restaurants and they are both in that tiny little town.  Sorry for the hijack.  I'm a huge Fruita fan and think you'd enjoy it if you haven't been.

post #11 of 14
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Thanks for the tips looks like an awesome place! That tower looks like a pretty incredible climb
post #12 of 14

looks like a great trip.

post #13 of 14

Nice lookin' Rocker Panels though lonewolf!

post #14 of 14

Nice!

I need to get to the Southwest for some climbing sometime.

I love long moderate routes.

 

scoTt

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