exploring your backyard

I think its natural to dream big. Thats what they're always teaching us right? I admit my sights for alpine objectives are always in far away places. Remote, cultured places where my life seems to be in great contrast. Upon preparation for a upcoming trip to alaska I tried to keep busy. All the ice had been gone for a while and i'll have to admit I was getting spring fever, my mind was slightly wandering into the comfortable days of rock in the sun . So I decided multi pitch would suffice. emilee sudweeks (my favorite ever)  and I went out for some adventures local to us in utah. It was a blast. I feel lucky that I have such a incredible venue to train in. 

Emilee putting her shoes on on top of the first 10 pitches of squawstruck up rock canyon, utah.

swapping leads with emilee sudweeks, literally overlooking where she grew up, pretty cool.

then off to IBEX, a first for the both of us. and because were both too broke to buy guidebooks we spent our first day wondering around looking at the mountain project app trying to get oriented. EPIC! tricker than ya would think.

but finally we found some climbing that didn't end after a single pitch. here emilee leads out somewhere on quatermoon tower.

after I think around 400 feet of broken up climbing we arrived on the summit. when we opened the summit registry we found out some nice people left us tequila !! so we both took a shot and giggled down the rappels. first day success.

the next day we climbed a link up  of two routes, some 510 to 511 to 512 or A0 in our case. it was great even though it was windy as hell. 

 

Here I learn to climb 511 slab.  the ibex way.  Its always so cool to climb in a place you've never been, its even more fun when your partner hasn't done it either . woop whoop!

Here I learn to climb 511 slab.  the ibex way. 

Its always so cool to climb in a place you've never been, its even more fun when your partner hasn't done it either . woop whoop!