With a pile of school work at hand and unstable weather in the long term, I opted for a Moab trip to warm the bones and find some good boulders. It had been a two year break since my last trip there, but had been in the back of my mind as a good place to return to for good boulders. In fact it is an area with immense potential for new boulders.
Moab is surrounded by too many good boulder fields to count. Someone has obviously had the same idea, as this was the first trip in the Moab area where I've seen chalk on boulders away from the few small zones that have been known for a long time (Big Bend, Kane Creek, Indian Creek, etc...). I'm not saying I've discovered the boulders out there, but on several trips to several obvious boulder fields next to main roads I cleaned and climbed lines alone for several years. Now there is some chalk, not of mine that is out there! It's about time.
On this particular trip, my wife Marla and Amiee Dog came along. Mr. Vansickle arranged to meet us, despite his bum knee and looming surgery. He gimped, but was a good addition to the trip, his last for a couple months. The plan was to visit some known area, but my primary goal was to find a mother load of good rock. If not a mother load, an amazing problem or two. We spent the first evening in the canyon of the Colorado just up from Big Bend. We did a few new problems and looked at some of my old projects. It was a good reminder of the rock quality to come.
|The side canyon of immense possibility|
|Maybe the best slab in Utah!|
|Perfect rock! Absolutely amazing rock!|
|Boulders along Kane Creek Road|
|Bryan cleaning his amazing new line at Kane Creek.|
|The hard, but beautiful compression line above Big Bend|