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Joshua Tree- Feb 13

February 25, 2010

Brian and I arrived in Palm Springs around noon PST.  Philadelphia was still half buried in snow but I was able to make it through the crowded airport at 6:00AM and catch the connection through LA.  The Palm Springs Airport is like a resort in it’s self, mostly out door with green grass and a reflecting pool. I would’ve been happy to just spend the week there after surviving the worst snow storm in Philadelphia’s recorded history.

We got our Dodge SUV from enterprise and headed straight to Del Taco and a Von’s for water.  Our next stop was Joshua Tree National Park. Brian and I pulled right up to Trashcan Rock at the Quail Springs area and made the 30 second approach to the first climb. Brian walked up the short but nice 5.8 Wallaby Crack. I cleaned and walked off the back side of the formation.  There were lots of parties climbing and drinking beer on the sunny side of the formation. Why must we climb in the shade?  We tried to boulder the start of Butterfly Crack (5.11c) but were thwarted and didn’t make it to the upper cruiser crack.  We walked around to the sunny westface and I lead Cranny (5.8) and we Top Roped the neighboring History (5.11) cleanly but with some complaining.  I felt a bit stiff on Cranny too. I guess sleeping an hour the night before, a 6 hour flight, and having been absent from the gym for a week can do that to a man.

The afternoon sun started to go down and Brian and I had a long drive ahead of us to Bishop.  We plugged some coordinates into the iphone and headed north on 395 for 6 hours. We stopped for gas and the saddest Subway in San Bernardino on cruise night for the kids. Some how I managed to make it to the Pit Camping ground without falling asleep. We cruised around the campground a few times before finding a spot to park the car. The seats laid flat and brian and I crashed out in the car.


From → Climbing, Joshua Tree

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