On day 5 we were at the Gorilla Cliffs area in the Utah Hills. Our original plan was to climb at a cliff call the Simion Complex but we did one route and pronounced the cliff choss. The limestone was really blocky (CHOSS) and the anchors on all the routes were rusty and sketchball. Not cool.
We decided to hump it up the hill and go to the Soul Asylum. This prooved to be the right choice as we climbed our brains out on some fantastic stone. There were really nice overhanging 5.11's and 12's and long easier routes with some being 100 foot rope stretchers. As our last climb, we climbed an amazing 100 foot 5.10 that ended at a natural arch that you could peer through and see the sunset. Cool.Fun and juggy 5.10 Great but short 5.11aExcellent 5.12b. One of the best routes I got on.
On the walk back to camp we were treated to an amazing desert sunset (our photos don't do it justice).
Day 6 found us at another crag in the Utah Hills, Black and Tan. There are two crags here and we spent the day at Kelly's Rock which is loaded with easier routes, the best 5.11 in Utah (so the guide stated/it is a really good route) and a few 5.12's.
Highlights of the day were:
-The fun warm up climbs on interesting limestone features like fins and runnels.
-Susan was close to sending "the best 5.11 in Utah."
-Some of the best 5.11's I have climbed in a while on sweet rock.
-I climbed a short, super steep 5.12 that was rad.Fun 5.10. A bit run out.
Really cool 5.11 with perfect rock.
Susan on "The Best 5.11 in Utah."
We were psyched to get back to this area after a rest day for Susan to redpoint (climb without falls) the 5.11 she was so close to sending and for me to get on some stuff on the Black and Tan wall (a really impressive wall packed with hard climbs).
Day 7, 8 & 9
-Rest day fun
-More Black and Tan and Kelly's Rock
-Bad weather, Zion National Park and polygamy