We did a quick weekend trip back up to Red Rocks for some sunny climbing before it gets too hot. Camped out at Lovell Canyon on Friday night, then headed to Calico Basin for some of the routes there. Pretty easy day, but super windy! We met a huge group of people who had driven all through the night (and some through the day) from Eugene. Ah, Spring Break.
Camped that night in a better spot, right across the road. We got radio signal and tuned into the university station, which was playing blues, surf music, and Grateful Dead all night. We cracked open a couple IPAs and porters by the fire and had one of the best campfire nights in recent memory. Woke up the next morning to a completely trashed site.. turns out there are a lot of people who just go out there shooting up paint cans and trees. I think I counted seven trees that had literally been gunned down, and quite recently; the branches were still green. (Yes, I'm talking stumps.)
Seriously, people? We cleaned up a couple bags of trash, but there were TVs, computers, and all sorts of crap lying around everywhere. So sad.
Headed out to the second pullout on the loop, and the girls headed to Magic Bus while the boys hit up something a little farther away. I got a nice easy lead climb in, but because of the wind I was pumped halfway up. Cleaned up a 5.9 next to it, then headed out to Cali 12a for some lunch and to watch everyone else climb.
I love this area.. so glad it's so close to here.