Belay Specs Blog

This blog has less to do with Belay Specs and more to do with our employee's climbing and outdoor outings.  We'll talk about exciting news about Belay Specs but we'll talk much more about the trips we've taken and the places we've checked out.  We'd like to share some of our experiences in the hope that they inspire you to check the areas out for yourselves. If you read about an area or activity in one of our posts and have questions on beta, route recommendations or anything else, leave a comment and we'll try to fill you in.

A full weekend with my wife is a rare occasion so when her scheduled a four day weekend we decided to take full advantage. The City of Rocks in southern Idaho is a 3 hour drive from Salt Lake and is packed with routes. I’ve only been there a few times but look forward to every trip. As you drive in through a pass between larger formations, you begin to see large freestanding formations sprinkled along the landscapes, like huge erratic boulders. Further up the road the formations become more densley packed, a more typical climibing experience.

We left our town around 8 am and after finding a campsite in the BLM land south of town, we headed to the Window Rock parking area to finds some shady climbs. We hiked to the Lost World on the back side of the Drilling Fields, attracted by the moderate bolted slab routes. While the routes face east and it was just afternoon, it is the solstice and, due to day light savings, the sun isn’t actually at it’s apex until 1:00 pm. Slabs also stay in the sun for a long time and it looked like these routes wouldn’t be shady for a couple hours. Instead of waiting, we headed to the east side of Window Rock which is tilted slightly to the north and should move into the shade a little bit sooner.

The main draw of Window Wall are two 5.6 cracks that are supposed to be classic, Good Times and Pure Pleasure. When we arrive, the east face is in full sun except for a small alcove which we scramble into to enjoy the shade. While waiting for the 6’s to be shaded I went up Expect No Mercy (5.10c) which climbed out of our shady little alcove on bolts to a crack above. The bottom half felt atypcial for the City but was lots of fun. Pulling the lip of the alcove was a bit tough until I found the big jugs and manteled up. The rest of the route was fun, easy crack climbing with smattering of good face holds.

By the time we were off Pure Pleasure, the 5.6’s were getting shady . The routes share a first bolt which is about 30 feet off the deck up slabby, mostly moderate climbing. I headed up Good Times and set an anchor in the crack near the top so Alana could get on it. She ended up pulling the rope, grabbing some extra gear and leading up it. I was pretty proud of her because while the climbing isn’t too hard it feels a bit run out and airy. We got on Pure Pleasure next. I felt this route was a bit better, with solid handjams and nice movement although getting to the crack from the lone bolt was tougher. Alana top roped the climb, cleaned the anchor and rapped off bolted anchors to the right of the routes.

I was itching to get on something more challenging so we headed to the Super Hits wall to get on Bloody Fingers a classic 5.10a finger crack that was first climbed in the 70’s. The route varies from layback fingers, to face climbing on jugs, to hand jams and a final wierd smeary section up top. I was pretty spooked out by the time I clipped the chains.

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Gripped, April/May 2013

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