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By Rob Fielding
From Las Vegas, NV
Jun 11, 2012
Third pillar of dana descent.

The Nevada forum is dead!

Let's hear some stories/pics of some summer retreats. Except for the hardcore locals, i'd expect many going on trips to the Sierras, etc. July/August is going to be brutal out here.

Just got back from Whitney. Did the east face w/ the guy that taught me how to climb. Got altitude sickness like always. Love that pulsating headache. LOL.

Here's my buddy topping out. This is the healthiest marmot i've ever seen above 14,000 ft, and that's for good reason.

Whitney
Whitney


Heading out next week to do the U-Notch in the palisades. Here the ice is in perfffffect condition.

Cheers,
Robert


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By John Hegyes
From Las Vegas, NV
Jun 11, 2012
South of Windy Peak

Yeah, the Nevada forum has been real slow lately.

It's good to hear Whitney is in shape this early in the season. I loved the Fresh Air Traverse on the East Face. I thought the Face is a better route than the Buttress and even a little harder. They're both great routes.

I got altitude sickness both times I was up there. The worst was when we set basecamp at Iceberg Lake (12,500 feet) for the E. Buttress. I felt superb on the summit and was fine descending the Mountaineer's Route, the whole time I was saying "let's climb Russell tomorrow". Well, we got back to Iceberg and started having dinner and wham, the headache and nausea kicked in. I spent the rest of the night on my hands and knees vomiting. Felt fine after we descended below 11,000 feet the next morning. I learned to set basecamp a little lower down.

The Palisades are sweet too. Check out Mount Sill sometime, the Swiss Arete, 5.7, is really good.

Gigi and I recently enjoyed Jungle on the Aquarius Plateau in Utah. There's a lot of short trad and sport at 10,000 feet elevation. I was cragging in Colorado last week and I've got a repeat date with Dream of Wild Turkeys coming soon. No alpine plans yet, but hope to get to the Sierras this summer.


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By Rob Fielding
From Las Vegas, NV
Jun 11, 2012
Third pillar of dana descent.

John, Good stuff. I'll def take a look at swiss arete.

Yeah, Whitney was in great shape with not much snow this winter. We had originally planned to do fish hook arete. We climbed the first 3 pitches and bailed off to the climbers right back into the gully. 40 degrees w/ 20+ mph was too cold for my partner. He had recent elbow surgery w/ some nerve damage and is having circulation problems to his hands. Bummer.

We ended up starting on the East Face around 12 after a long hike back. It was much warmer with no wind. I agree, the east face is a much better climb with the exposed traverses.

When we got back to basecamp at iceberg I had to force myself to pack up all my gear barely restraining myself from vomiting. Once back to upper boyscout I felt 100% better. I'm going to start camping at Upper boy scout from now on or acclimate over a longer period of time.

Have fun on DOWT. Love that 2nd pitch!


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By John Hegyes
From Las Vegas, NV
Jun 11, 2012
South of Windy Peak

How many days do you set aside for a Sierra trip from Vegas?

I figure three days minimum accounting for getting a walk-up permit, acclimitizing and the five-hour drive each way. Four days is ideal and allows for multiple routes or attempts. Having a permit arranged prior to the trip could shorten the time needed, but I don't seem to plan that far in advance. I've not been too ashamed to bandit camp when the walk-up option has failed...


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By Rob Fielding
From Las Vegas, NV
Jun 11, 2012
Third pillar of dana descent.

I think 3-4 days is ideal.

I'll usually leave in the afternoon and spend a night at the Whitney Portal, then hike up and camp at upper boyscout or iceberg, and then climb the next day. I've done Whitney via East Buttress twice in the winter and usually try to get it done in two days.

OR even better, get a week off and acclimate in Tuolumne, then hit Whitney on the way back down :)


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By John Hegyes
From Las Vegas, NV
Jun 20, 2012
South of Windy Peak

Well, you can tell that it's the first day of Summer. Gigi and I went out to Red Rock today to climb in the Black Corridor. When we got to the Second Pullout at about 2pm there was not a single other car in the lot - very surreal. We had the entire Corridor to ourselves.


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By Woodchuck ATC
Jun 20, 2012
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Rob Fielding wrote:
The Nevada forum is dead! Let's hear some stories/pics of some summer retreats. Except for the hardcore locals, i'd expect many going on trips to the Sierras, etc. July/August is going to be brutal out here. Just got back from Whitney. Did the east face w/ the guy that taught me how to climb. Got altitude sickness like always. Love that pulsating headache. LOL. Here's my buddy topping out. This is the healthiest marmot i've ever seen above 14,000 ft, and that's for good reason. Heading out next week to do the U-Notch in the palisades. Here the ice is in perfffffect condition. Cheers, Robert



That varmint is tiny compared to the 30 lb. monsters found below Flattop and Notchtop in the Rockies. They ransack your bivy camp daily up there. It's survival of the fittest.


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By Dow Williams
From Saint George, UT
Jun 21, 2012
Dow Williams, 2011

Rob, you know I am not hard enough to hang around all summer, or rather, the Bugs are a bit nicer this time of year. In any regard, I spent June putting up six new multi pitch crack lines. Only two pro bolts on the entire wall. From 2 to five pitches. All crack. You will always need a decent rack. Pro over Red Rock is that the morning approach all summer and climbs will be shaded until 2pm. We have been putting these up via FA on site during triple digits no worries. I will get them all up on Summitpost within the next week or two. All 5.10ish except for this first one I added, but nothing any more challenging than Cynthia's Handjob. Would appreciate any further cleaning you do. Add no bolts though please. I led them all FA, on site, ground up without any. This is a trad area.

Enjoy your summer and be safe, off to climb with Joanne and Jorge in Idaho.

Francesco



Cheers


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By Zappatista
Jun 21, 2012
Book me, officer.

I'd like to say something nice to you three, but it's time for me to go to work for a stretch, so: BURN IN HELL, VEGAS SCUM!!!!!!!!

Joking of course, just had to spice up the forums somehow. Dow is it OK if I Unimpeachably Grope your crack lines, say, 1-2 bolts per foot? The good news is that I'll be able to afford enough Vagisil to take care of at least 2 or 3 of the sport climbers in town, so be ready, ladies, it's coming your way!


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By Rob Fielding
From Las Vegas, NV
Jun 28, 2012
Third pillar of dana descent.

Nice work Dow!! Jealous. What's up w/ the Francesco name? Working hard in summer heat? LOL

I'm going to have to come up and check out your lines, but not in June, July, or August. LOL.

I'll try and keep the thread going, just got back from the Palisades. Was my first time in the area. So beautiful. The other Rob put up a little TR on supertopo. Was my first Solo on ice, scared the shit out of me.
www.supertopo.com/tr/U-Notch-to-North-Palisade-almost/t11525>>>


>Big boot bouldering on a anorexic rack.

Big boot bouldering
Big boot bouldering


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By Rob Fielding
From Las Vegas, NV
Jun 28, 2012
Third pillar of dana descent.

Woodchuck ATC wrote:
That varmint is tiny compared to the 30 lb. monsters found below Flattop and Notchtop in the Rockies. They ransack your bivy camp daily up there. It's survival of the fittest.


Prove it!!!


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By Clayton Knudson
From El Portal, CA
Jun 30, 2012

Lame sauce, i thought the Nevada forum would still be bitching about perma-draws and lazy volunteer efforts. Guess you all must be doing something with your lives.


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By Matt Kuehl
From the desert
Jul 1, 2012
Plumbers Crack

I spent a great two weeks climbing in Vedauwoo. Wish I could have stayed longer!



I've got a write up on my blog if anyone is interested in funkadelic wideness.

I'm still looking forward to getting back to Red Rocks for the Fall/Winter/Spring, so I'll see you guys then.


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By Darren in Vegas
From Las Vegas, NV
Jul 4, 2012
Skiing around.

Just got back from Ruth Gorge, AK. Goldfinger Route, The Stump, Ruth Gorge, AK

Feels as warm as a Vegas summer in this jacket!
Feels as warm as a Vegas summer in this jacket!


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By Rob Fielding
From Las Vegas, NV
Jul 5, 2012
Third pillar of dana descent.

Darren, that looks awesome! what were the temps like? whats the elevation for the summit? nice work.


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By matt carpenter
From Las Vegas
Jul 5, 2012
focusing on the feet... mid-crux on El Camino Real.

Summertime in Vegas is great. I have climbed every weekend in Red Rock for the past two months and have yet to see another climber. Gotta love it!!!

Gotta love Red Rock in the summer. Not a soul around and we have the whole canyons to ourselves.
Gotta love Red Rock in the summer. Not a soul around and we have the whole canyons to ourselves.


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By Darren in Vegas
From Las Vegas, NV
Jul 5, 2012
Skiing around.

Rob Fielding wrote:
Darren, that looks awesome! what were the temps like? whats the elevation for the summit? nice work.

high 30s some "nights." Not really much darkness this time of year, daytime, if the sun was out, 60s. While on the climb, it got pretty warm if you were in the sun. Felt 70s-80s then.
Elevation, on the glacier 4500 or so. Summit elevation 6800 or so.
Lots of work for basically three climbing days, but worth it.


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By Rob Fielding
From Las Vegas, NV
Sep 13, 2012
Third pillar of dana descent.

Well, summer is coming to an end. Finished with a final trip in Tuolumne/Bishop area. Weather is looking great for Red Rocks, excited for the fall season. Cheers!


Pratt's Crack, Bishop CA
Pratt's Crack, Bishop CA

Pratt's Crack, Bishop CA. 160 feet of 5.9 Offwidth.


South Crack, Tuolumne Meadows.
South Crack, Tuolumne Meadows.

South Crack, Tuolumne.


Descending the Regular Route on 3rd Pillar of Dana
Descending the Regular Route on 3rd Pillar of Dana

Descending the Regular Route on Third Pillar of Dana.




Enduro Corner on OZ, Tuolumne Meadows
Enduro Corner on OZ, Tuolumne Meadows

Enurance 5.10 corner/lieback on OZ


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By Xavier Wasiak
From Las Vegas, NV
Sep 13, 2012
Self Portrait

Awesome pics, Rob. I loved OZ. Did you do the Gram traverse? I took a nice swinging fall and dropped all my nuts into the boulder field below. Good times.


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By Rob Fielding
From Las Vegas, NV
Sep 13, 2012
Third pillar of dana descent.

No we didn't end up doing the gram traverse. Ahhh, good stuff! I hear the traverse is pretty physically demanding. We ended up linking OZ to Hobbit book and then did On The Lamb backwards. Had so much fun we traversed back a second time.


On the Lamb
On the Lamb

On the Lamb, PUMPY!


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By Xavier Wasiak
From Las Vegas, NV
Sep 13, 2012
Self Portrait

I've always wanted to do On the Lamb. Sounds like a good summer, Rob!!


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By matt carpenter
From Las Vegas
Sep 14, 2012
focusing on the feet... mid-crux on El Camino Real.

Though many won't believe it; I am going to miss summertime in Vegas! Summertime in Red Rock means perfect temps on the north facing climbs and no crowds (aka lines) on any route. Fall and winter is coming whichs equals gumby's and crowds. Summer cant come back soon enough.


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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Sep 14, 2012
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.

Yeah, the bit of summertime climbing we did in RR this season was nice. Just us, the burros, and native creatures pretty much. The sun-exposed hikes in were always brutal, but once we were in the shade we were golden. With bodies wet with sweat from the approach, even a gentle breeze would cool us down on any day >100 in the shade out there. Sometimes we'd even catch a pleasant chill, and forget that it's summer in the desert, and OMG, the ecstasy of ice cold beverages waiting for us at the truck for the drive back to Vegas made any suffering in the heat worthwhile. The longer days were nice too! Looking back now, I wish that I had taken better advantage of the summer climbing in RR, as we have past seasons, but was distracted with other activities; paddling on the Colorado River, and at Lake Mead (on 108-122 degree days-ugh) and off roading throughout the remote areas of the desert to visit cool historic sites. We also canyoneered some in Zion this season, amongst other pastimes of ours; we never stay home on our weekends with our short attention spans, and all. : )

That being said, we did manage to escape to some higher and/or cooler places such as Tahquitz/Suicide Rock, Boulder Canyon, and Lumpy Ridge in CO (for a quicky trip) and the Aquarius Plateau for more climbing this summer. We also spent some time mid-July exploring the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, hiking ,and some mountain biking near Point Sublime. We also managed to paddle at sea, and even experienced launching and docking in the surf- kinda like kayak surfing, I suppose. Pretty intense for us rookie sea kayak surfers. ; ) I sprained my thumb pretty bad in one of my bigger wipe-outs. Damn huge ass wave came outta nowhere. That shit is scary in an inflatable kayak!

Great thread for the Nevada Forum, Rob! Nice to hear about some of your summer adventures , you fellow locals! Hope to catch you at the beer nights, or on the rock.

EDIT to add: Damn that Clayton (just noticed your post squeezed in on our beloved Nevada Forum), capping on our lazy volunteer, and perma-drama efforts we've had. ; ) What the hell have you been up to, stranger? It was nice sending you off to Yosemite on your last MP beer night you had with us desert rats. Hope all is well.


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By cassondra
From las vegas, NV
Sep 14, 2012
in repose

red rock in monsoon season
red rock in monsoon season

We had a lot of rain this summer. I have taken up waterfall spotting as a new pastime.


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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Sep 14, 2012
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.

Nice Cassondra!

The best thing about summertime in Red Rock is that you can proudly wear your world's largest hat.

Summertime climbing in Red Rock. Ah, not another party of climbers around. : )
Summertime climbing in Red Rock. Ah, not another party of climbers around. : )



This was taken in July of this year at the trailhead of Black Velvet Canyon. We hiked in about noon, or so, and climbed Refried Brains. I believe it was well over 108 degrees in Vegas that day. A doable summer outing if you know what to expect in the extreme desert conditions.


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By Colonel Mustard
From Reno, NV
Sep 14, 2012
Colonel Mustard

Rob Fielding wrote:
No we didn't end up doing the gram traverse. Ahhh, good stuff! I hear the traverse is pretty physically demanding. We ended up linking OZ to Hobbit book and then did On The Lamb backwards. Had so much fun we traversed back a second time. On the Lamb, PUMPY!


Heh. I did that... almost. On the Lamb (forward - backward any different really?) to OZ to Hobbit Book. Great linkup, good job on you guys having the pep to reverse the Lamb. We left the Gram traverse where it was, we weren't in shape.

I guess the real deal is OTL->OZ->HB->Lucky Streaks. All sit starts. I'll have to work up to that one though ;).


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