Still Catching up on past triplogs.
Patrick showed us a beautiful area, Liz's first rappel. This area has an unforgiving approach. The scramble is very hard; both on the way in and out of the canyon, the rappel is straight forward but leaving the canyon is easier said than done. Patrick used a grigri to jug his way out, he made it look so easy!! Day 1: I used an accender and a grigri, day 2: I TR'd the chimney climb out of the canyon.
The climbing was excellent! I was so excited to meet Deidre, the climber that helped develop Jacks Canyon and wrote the guide book. She is a talented climber and truly a humble, supportive individual. Danny borrowed multiple # 4 cams to climb an epic crack climb; Stick it! Beautiful! As he climbed, it seemed quite difficult but I should mention he climbed all with hand(fist)and foot jams. Finally he reached the top and it was time for me to follow and to clean the gear. Deidre offered to do it for me because it was difficult but I asked if I I could make an attempt. I used an alternate lie back technique where you use you feet an apposing force to keep your feet and hands sturdy, I jammed my feet to remove the cams but never weighted the rope. I was very surprised. At the top was an unusual cave type opening with ice cold air coming from it and pitons as anchors!
Deidre, Danny and pat led several routes, very nice climbing. I would compare this place to all of the variety of the sport and the trad climbing of red rocks. Many great cruxy 11's.
On day 2 We were joined by many other of Patrick's friends, Pickletree was a fellow HAZer. Liz and I went exploring up stream. At a specific point we had to swim, we swam upstream and discovered many beautiful areas. We must go back, maybe next time with kayaks! I didn't have my camera so all of out beautiful pictures are from liz's camera. (THESE ARE LIZ'S PHOTOS) My Favorite place I have been climbing so far!