First outdoor climb.. woo!
Four of us met up in Phoenix on Friday evening and somehow managed to squish about four trunkfuls worth of gear and supplies into the back of the Subi. Always fun to start off a trip with a good game of car Tetris. Eventually we got out of town and made the long windy drive up to Jacks to camp the night before climbing. They weren't kidding about those wind advisories; it pretty much took a group effort to get the tents set up so that they didn't blow away.
Saturday morning I awoke to find myself buried in the surrounding terrain. My tent doesn't have the option to close up the mesh windows so everything outside blew in. The tent was bucking madly and my gear didn't weight that much, so I bailed on it and broke it down with the help of some alarmed passersby. We all tossed our tents in the back of the car and then hiked into Jacks, fingers crossed and hopeful that wind doesn't know how to make its way into canyons.
First climb: Gouda! I find that highly appropriate, considering my infatuation with cheese.
Next up were a couple 5.10a's and then a 5.8 (Ante Up) that I actually had more trouble on. All climbed out at that point, I took a nice long walk through the canyon to check out the dry creek and as many trails as I could find. The canyon is pretty rife with them for the climbs, but they don't go very far. I returned in time to watch Janelle bust over a roof, but lost my sunglasses in the process. Luckily when I noticed they were gone later on, they were pretty easy to locate. Think I'll be installing a system of bungees from now on so that I stop losing things (ie - headlamp, lens hood, lens cover, etc!) every time I step outside.
Had a great time at Jacks climbing with Janelle, Steve, and other such wonderful people! Was very glad though to get out of there and out of the wind and sand to the peaceful camp spot near Iso...