Friday, March 27, 2009

RIP Shane.

A friend emailed me a link yesterday. I got it while skiing.
I knew it wasn't going to be good.

Shane McConkey 1969-2009

RIP

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Moab rock guides, the movie.

video

What do we do when we aren't guiding rivers or rock?.?.?

We rock climb and run rivers.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Moab rock guides in Red Rocks.

Longing for some warmer temps, long routes and easy climbing to shake out the cobwebs from a long winter I put together a last minute plan to head to Red Rocks for some fun.

3 days, 3 or 4 routes with an estimated 25+ pitches all under 5.9 were on the menu.
What unfolded was not in the plan at all.
Day 1
Rain.
This although pretty is not something you want to see before heading out for a day of desert rock.

We did mange to get in a two pitch climb during the only break in the clouds.

But then this moved in and we were shut down for good.
You might ask? What next. Well, being well trained and forward thinking outdoor professional we had of course brought along all the things you might need in an emergency. Food, water and adult beverages all laid in for just such a situation. Obviously there was only one thing to do, hit the emergency supplies, hard. Later deciding that shelter was in order we headed to the Bonnie Springs Ranch for food and beverages that didn't come from a cooler. After much food and drink, meeting Bonnie and seeing freinds who live in Vegas it was time to go, they were closing. Closed a bar in Vegas...enough said.
Pitch tally 2
Day 2
Not so much....and no pictures.
After a rather long nap in the Pine Creek parking lot which prompted quite a bit of conversation among some of the other visitors to Red Rocks we managed to get off at the crack of 1PM. We hiked to what we were sure would be an empty Cat in the Hat to find a party, only slightly more lazy than us, just leading off on pitch 2. We decided to head up. Ooppss. Climbing hurt much more than hiking and with a pinch of hot afternoon sun I, well, I wasn't feeling "tip top".
After catching the party above at the bottom of pitch 3 we decided to call it a "DAY". Down we went. Pitch tally 4.
Day 3
This is what we came for.
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Steep and fun, classic Red Rocks face climbing, steep jugs, 580' of a rock climbing "powder run".
These 5 pitches would have been worth the drive.
Pitch tally 10.
The trip didn't unfold the way I thought it would but it will be one I remember for ever.

Moab rafting and rock climbing, Open for Business!

Well that's it. Winter's over.

It might be snowing where you are and admittedly is cold here but winter's over.

Our first booked trip is for March 31st which means that the 2009 rafting season starts in only a few weeks. To be ready for the 31st means that we start NOW!


Getting boats out, cleaning gear, making changes and improvements all the things that have to be done behind the scenes start now.


I know I keep saying it but this summer should be good. March 1st numbers are above average, 115% of normal, and with more snow predicted water levels should be great.


Reservations are ahead of last year and we've already sold out several dates in June and July.


With new rock climbing and canyoneering options guided by the same great people that take you rafting there's no need to look anywhere else for Moab Adventure.