Family Thanksgiving In Moab

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Stuffing

South Six Shooter

Shirley and Tom on the way down the south face of the South Six Shooter. North Six Shooter is in the background (Nov. 2012).

A Thanksgiving family road trip to Moab – my folks & brother, Shirley & I, and Blondie. Fitting such a crew and the accompanying camping and climbing gear into a car (OK, big fat SUV) was the real crux of the outing. Stuff had to be prioritized (alcohol) and ultimately some had to be left behind (camp chairs). Three+ days of camping, sightseeing, and even a touch of climbing. We took my brother up the South Six Shooter where we were able to negotiate our way through the crowd by doing one of the alternate start variations. We were not so lucky on Castleton where after waiting two hours at the base and eventually doing the first pitch of the North Chimney route we bailed off due to some significant back up above us. Oh my goodness!! Multiple parties on everything within eyesight! We fondly reminisced about doing Kor-Ingalls back in ’04 or ’05 when we were the only people in Castle Valley. Rest assured that climbers are not an endangered species…

Photos

Moab

Packing up…each item was assigned a unique range in the (x,y,z,fuck-it) space (Nov. 2012).


Moab

Ready for the longish drive down to Moab (Nov. 2012).


Moab

Welcome to Moab. Watery yes but in creative packaging (Nov. 2012).


Moab

Spoiled.


Fisher Towers

Hiking in to the Fisher Towers (Nov. 2012).


Stolen Chimney

An unknown climber on the final pitch of the Stolen Chimney route on Ancient Art (Nov. 2012).


Fisher Towers

The family taking in the sights of the Fisher Towers (Nov. 2012).


Stolen Chimney

A very busy day on the Stolen Chimney route on Ancient Art formation in the Fishers (Nov. 2012).


Fisher Towers

Blondie in the Fishers (Nov. 2012).


Moses

We also took a sightseeing drive out to the Taylor Canyon and took in the sights of Moses (Nov. 2012).


Moab

Shirley prepping some pre-dinner appetizers at the campsite. Yes, much time was spent eating and drinking on this particular trip (Nov. 2012).


Moab

Family camping sponsored by Knob Creek (Nov. 2012).


Moab

Some marinated chicken breasts and some horsecock grilling on an open fire (Nov. 2012).


Moab

Family times at our campsite in Moab (Nov. 2012).


South Six Shooter

Hiking up to the South Six Shooter (Nov. 2012).


South Six Shooter

Mom and Dad exploring the desert near the base of the South Six Shooter (Nov. 2012).


South Six Shooter

Mom & Dad at the base of the South Six Shooter (Nov. 2012).


South Six Shooter

Leading a variation on the first pitch of the South Six Shooter. Fun climbing till the tricky exit from the crack into a flared groove which was pretty damn tricky (Nov. 2012).


South Six Shooter

Leading the variation pitch on the South Six Shooter belayed by Shirley (Nov. 2012).


South Six Shooter

Leading the variation start on the south face of South Six Shooter (Nov. 2012).


South Six Shooter

Shirley topping out on the first pitch (the 5.10-/5.10 variation crack) of the South Face of South Six Shooter (Nov. 2012).


South Six Shooter

Tom arriving at the first belay on the South Six Shooter (Nov. 2012).


South Six Shooter

Looking back at Shirley & Tom atop the first pitch belay on the South Six Shooter (Nov. 2012).


South Six Shooter

Shirley topping out on the South Six Shooter’s summit (Nov. 2012).


South Six Shooter

Climbers on the other summit of the South Six Shooter (Nov. 2012).


South Six Shooter

Tom and Shirley on the summit of the South Six Shooter tower (Nov. 2012).


South Six Shooter

Shirley, Tom, and some ahole atop the South Six Shooter. North Six Shooter in the background. Photo taken from the south summit of the formation by Kevin Prince (thanks!). November 2012.


North Six Shooter

The North Six Shooter from the summit of the South Six Shooter (Nov. 2012).


North Six Shooter

The North Six Shooter tower as seen from the South Six Shooter (Nov. 2012).


South Six Shooter

Shirley and Tom on the way down the south face of the South Six Shooter. North Six Shooter is in the background (Nov. 2012).


South Six Shooter

Shirley, Tom and Blondie hiking down after our climb of the South Six Shooter (Nov. 2012).


South Six Shooter

A family portrait near Indian Creek after our climb of the South Six Shooter (Nov. 2012).


North Chimney

Castleton’s shadow, followed by The Rectory, The Priest and the Sister Superior formations. Crown jewels of Castle Valley (Nov. 2012).


North Chimney

Waiting in a loooong and sloooooooooow line at the base of Castleton’s North Chimney route. We eventually start up the route only to run into a major jam and end up bailing (Nov. 2012).


North Chimney

Leading the first pitch of the North Chimney route on Castleton Tower – very fun climbing (Nov. 2012).


North Chimney

Blondie hanging out at the base of Castleton’s north face (Nov. 2012).


North Chimney

Shirley on pitch 1 of the North Chimney route on Castleton (Nov. 2012).


Fine Jade

Unknown parties on the very fine Fine Jade route on the southern prow of The Rectory (Nov. 2012).


Fine Jade

Unknown parties making for a slight traffic jam on Fine Jade (Nov. 2012).


North Chimney

Tom topping out on pitch 1 of North Chimney on the Castleton Tower (Nov. 2012).


Washer Woman

Washer Woman (left) and Monster Tower from the Mesa Arch overlook on the Island In The Sky (Nov. 2012).


Washer Woman

Washer Woman tower from the Mesa Arch overlook on the Island In The Sky (Nov. 2012).


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