Continued from: Look at Me, Dad! Err . . . Actually, Don't! - A Climb Up Ancient Art & Other Utah Rocks

Under: Wasatch Rock Climbs

Little Cottonwood Canyon Trad (June, 2011)

A Crack in the Woods (5.8) & Hand Jive (5.9)

Beginning Hand Jive (5.9) with an initial downclimb into a chimney and a step over to a thin lieback-mantle to reach a finger pocket & my first piece of pro. I didn't like the fall consequence here, so it was tough to commit to the balancey mantel! Fortunately the grassy seam had a good finger pocket and a thin crack that could take a cam after some fiddling. (by Jay Thomas)

I tried this idea out in Little Cottonwood Canyon in June with my friend Alec L. A combination of too much coffee before the lead, and a harder than expected 5.9 lead (it turned out to be my hardest to date at the time) left me feeling more nervous than I normally do on lead. That, or maybe knowing that since my dad was watching, I'd better not fall on lead!
Shameless LCC Climbing Plug Photo Series

Hand Jive (5.9), a steep, sustained, and beautiful finger & lieback crack. (by Alec L.)

Still, the day turned out fine and he enjoyed coming along. So when I thought of trying to do a climbing trip to southern Utah over Thanksgiving, I suggested he join me and Peter G. for the trip.

Alec leading the traversing portion of Mexican Crack (5.10a). Ya gotta find those sweet chickenheads for nice footwork! (by Jay Thomas)
Making short work on a 5.9+ to 5.10a-ish section of Bong Eater (5.10d LB&OW) (by Jay Thomas)


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Continued: Indian Creek (November, 2011)

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