Rock Climbing --- 4/8/2011 - 4/11/2011 --- Gunks

Emily's last chance to climb for a few months!

Drove to the Gunks Friday night. Saturday was a beautiful sunny day. We climbed Something Interesting, Hans' Puss, and Feast of Fools (which Emily onsighted on top rope!) Then we learned that Keith's rope was still stuck on Yellow Wall where it had been left the week before. Since I'm a Rope Rescue instructor, I decided to rescue a rope (hahaha). We ran into Julia and Adam on the way, and their donation of a second rope to the cause made the project easy. A quick solo up Silly Chimney and a double rope rappel solved the problem. As we were packing up, I thought I saw Alex Honnold walk past. This was very confusing because I had no idea he was at the Gunks and it seemed highly unlikely that Alex Honnold would walk past me at the base of Yellow Wall. He was long past us when I decided to try to talk to him. This led to one of the most awkward conversations of my life...

Me (shouting): Are you Alex Honnold?
Alex: Yeah.
Me (still shouting): Really?
Alex: Ummm... Yeah.

That's it. My brush with fame. Other Jeff and Amy took a picture with him. Also awkward, but with a much cooler result. Oh well. With Alex gone, we had time for a quick run up the first pitch of Ursula, then back to the car for dinner.

Sunday was cold and windy. After a slow start we packed our bags and headed out to Millbrook. My first time there. The hike was straightforward and we found the rappel tree no problem. We climbed Westward Ha and it was quite enjoyable. Too cold to rappel again (I was thinking about Cruise Control) we took the ridge trail back to the west trapps lot (parkour!!!) and called it a day.

Monday we didn't have time to climb. Instead we opted for a nice pancake breakfast and a quick trip to Rock and Snow. Then we departed for our respective homes.

Emily belaying the first pitch of Something Interesting. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Emily belaying the first pitch of Something Interesting.    Gunks -- 4/9/2011

Emily approaching the crux of Feast of Fools. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Emily approaching the crux of Feast of Fools.    Gunks -- 4/9/2011

Emily onsighting the crux of Feast of Fools. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Emily onsighting the crux of Feast of Fools.    Gunks -- 4/9/2011

Emily rappelling Feast of Fools. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Emily rappelling Feast of Fools.    Gunks -- 4/9/2011

Squeaky. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Squeaky.    Gunks -- 4/10/2011

Squeaky! (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Squeaky!    Gunks -- 4/10/2011

If you squeak enough you can turn into a chipmunk. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

If you squeak enough you can turn into a chipmunk.    Gunks -- 4/10/2011

The top of Millbrook. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

The top of Millbrook.    Gunks -- 4/10/2011

Millbrook (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Millbrook    Gunks -- 4/10/2011

Emily in the big corner on Westward Ha. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Emily in the big corner on Westward Ha.    Gunks -- 4/10/2011

Emily in the big corner on Westward Ha. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Emily in the big corner on Westward Ha.    Gunks -- 4/10/2011

Emily in the big corner on Westward Ha. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Emily in the big corner on Westward Ha.    Gunks -- 4/10/2011

Emily at the top of the big corner on Westward Ha. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Emily at the top of the big corner on Westward Ha. Oh yeah, we swapped helmets for the weekend so she could try the Meteor III.    Gunks -- 4/10/2011

Nalgene and lichen. (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Nalgene and lichen.    Gunks -- 4/10/2011

Cute! (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Cute!    Gunks -- 4/10/2011

:) (Category:  Rock Climbing)

:)    Gunks -- 4/10/2011

<i>Camping has never been allowed in this parking lot.</i> (Category:  Rock Climbing)

Camping has never been allowed in this parking lot.
Really, Mr. Ranger? Really?    Gunks -- 4/11/2011