Cochise Stronghold: After Saguaro National Park, we climbed a day at Cochise Stronghold. Our couchsurf hosts spoke highly of the place, and they were right. Fantastic granite and thought-provoking moves, even on the easy stuff. This day, though, I missed my climbing friends in Ithaca and wished that we were together.
|yucca and cochise granite|
Joshua Tree National Park: the Joshua Trees look so odd, like something Dr. Seuss would draw. We did a day hike out into the desert and up a canyon. I'm sick of desert hiking. Just not the type of place where I feel at home, comfortable, refreshed, at peace--how I usually feel after hiking.
We climbed a half-day since we had quickdraws but no trad rack. Ooops! We climbed on Pixie Rock... lots of smearing and lots of open grip hands. I desperately attempted to crimp on microscopic numbs and to edge on non-existent features before I gave in to the style the rock required. Then it went ok, and I climbed my first outside 5.10 (no cheating, this time!).
I thought I would love JTree, but I only liked it.
|joshua tree and sunset|
|view of big bear lake from the pacific crest trail (PCT)|
|our eagle census sheet|