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February 27, 2011

Joshua Tree

Jean and I just got back from an amazing vacation to San Diego and Joshua Tree. We visited my uncle and his partner in San Diego and enjoyed his beautiful house. Then we headed to Joshua Tree where we had a two-day climbing class focused on leading with Vertical Adventures. We lucked out with amazing guide, Tony Sartin. Each of us (there was one other student with us) got two leads where we were backed up by a top-rope and Tony was on a fixed line next to us, giving us advice and commenting on our gear placements. It was a great way to learn. Wednesday Jean and I were inspired to do some climbing on our own and I did my first lead up Carolyn's Rump (5.4) on Cyclops Rock. It was exhilarating and scary at times to be out on my first lead but I really loved it. I was pretty sure I wasn't going to fall and I didn't. This week I'm starting a class with the Mazamas to further work on my climbing skills. This trip to Joshua Tree has me really stoked for that! Back in San Diego one of the highlights was a seafood taco cart, you must go there if you visit.

Posted by Dave at 05:29 PM