Last weekend Team SW/AG headed down South to celebrate Meghan A.'s birthday. It was a 3 day extravaganza of fun-filled unadulterated vacationing away from Sin City's plastic glitz and glamour surrounded by friends, family, good food, and of course, beautifully painted sandstone.
The first morning found us sleep deprived and ready for breakfast food. We met at a nearby diner where my family (who still lives in Las Vegas) joined us for breakfast. It was good catching up with my sister, my niece and nephew, and my mom who I don't get to see very often. We had a good time laughing at the kids' shenanigans and like good uncles and aunts we taught them stuff we hoped would embarrass their parents long after we'd left town.
With bellies full of pancakes and chunky potatoes we ventured into the park's first pullout in search of Civilization Crag, a new section of rock found in the latest guide book. It took us a little while to discern this from that in the guidebook but the hiking wasn't too bad as it involved plenty of scrambling among strawberry colored tiger-striped sandstone (which is better than straight hiking). Once at the crag, the birthday girl and our friend Veronica experienced their first climbs on that extraordinary black patina.
That evening, worn out from climbing and lack of sleep from the late night arrival we made plans to meet up with my brother from another mother. Mike (whom I've known since the 6th grade) and his wife Stefani met up with us at Honey Pig where we dined on a feast of Korean BBQ fit for king! We devoured plate after plate of beef, pork belly, sprouts, kimchi, and other delicious ingredients and washed them down with bottomless bottles of Soju, a distilled Vodka-like liquor that goes down dangerously smooth. As my friend Stefani warned, you don't know what hit you until it's too late.
Hungover and dehydrated but in good spirits, we headed out to The Pier on our second morning. We climbed a couple of routes in the shade hiding from the blistering sun and then packed in the car to go out of the main loop and into the calico hills to end the day climbing at Cannibal Crag.
At Cannibal, Cameron spotted professional climber Jonathan Siegrist taking a rest day. We hounded him for a few minutes about climbing and projects and got the obligatory famous person photo op. He took it in stride and was really nice and down to earth. For the rest of that afternoon we played on slabby and steep routes circling the giant boulder and capped off Meghan's official birthday night with a trip down to Las Vegas Blvd to eat Mexican food on the strip.
Our last day in Red Rocks was spent at the Black Corridor. We went from one side of the corridor to the other switching from technical and balancey moves to dynamic and over hung power fests. Cameron sent his 10d project and pretty much everyone had a good time climbing and goofing off. By the time we were finished, I had climbed 8 pitches and we still had enough time to hit Fatburger, the last great hamburger stand, for fat fries, burgers, and shakes before our plane ride home.
Next up for team SW/AG, Lost Rocks 2.0!