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Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Destinations, Personal Stories | 0 comments

Commuting to Climb

Commuting to Climb

People commute every day for work, but I commute every other weekend for climbing. My husband and I live in San Diego and to get our favorite sport climbing crags, it takes anytime between 5 to 8 hours. Most of the time this is because of Vegas traffic, when everyone wants to go to Vegas for their bachelorette party or a show. We go to climb. My favorite crags around include Robbers Roost (Mt. Charleston), Black and Tan/Sunset Alley/Wailing Wall (St. George), Owens River Gorge (Bishop), and Shuteye Ridge. To us, although it could take us a full eight hours to drive ( with traffic) the climbing is really that good. The beta for the St. George commute from San Diego is to drive the 4/5 hours to Primm, Nevada (sometimes downtown Vegas) to stay at Whiskey Petes. This happens after leaving San Diego around 6pm from work, we usually get into town by 12am. Than we wake up and drive the two hours to St. George to climb...

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Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Personal Stories | 7 comments

On Failing

On Failing

I recently spent the weekend in the Sierra Nevada’s near Mammoth Lakes, California. Our intention was to get away from the heat in Vegas for the holiday weekend and spend it among the mountains climbing our way up Clyde Minaret (5.8, 13 pitches). Based on the title of the post, you probably already know that intention didn’t happen, but I wanted to touch on “failing”. Often in climbing and other things we don’t mention our failures. As I browse my social media accounts, I hardly ever see someone write about the crap that they didn’t succeed at. I certainly don’t post any negativity on my social strands, and I have to admit that I didn’t even post that we didn’t make it to the top of Clyde Minaret though I posted lots of wonderful photos of the landscape. And… that’s what made me decide to write this post. Because, we did fail to reach the summit of Clyde Minaret. In fact, we failed to even find the start of...

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Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Destinations, Featured | 0 comments

Favorite Mellow Sport Climbs in Maple Canyon

Favorite Mellow Sport Climbs in Maple Canyon

By Erin Murtaugh Looking to get significant climbing mileage out of mellow 5.5-5.7 sport climbs? Maple Canyon, in the heart of Utah, is a cobblestone rock climbing paradise that allows you to do just that. Following are six climbs only five to ten minutes away from parking and campsites. No worries about getting sandbagged, these mellow ratings are for real. Billy the Kid Crag Climb: That Be Me Rating: 5.5 If you’re in the mood for a sweet ramp up a rock face, this is it. It’s a great route for anyone learning to climb. There are big, comfy hand and foot holds all the way up, better than a ladder. “Everywhere there are nice holds and feet. You have lots of choices,” said Jen Levine, climber since 2010. Climb: Selsa Vaca Rating: 5.7 This climb is to the right of That Be Me. It’s not just a straight up and down climb. You get to experience a mini traverse and transition onto a section of a wall turned a...

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