6/11/13 Chris negotiating past the crocodile head on the rather amusing Captain Hook. 2nd last climb of the trip. Last climb was a top rope of The Pirate 12c/d !?!?!?!!? NAILS.
6/11/13 Kitty at the top of Flower of High Rank.
6/11/13 Flower of High Rank. A three star 5.9 that was 60m long and full of brilliant varied crack climbing culminating in this rather exciting roof.
6/11/13 Fingercrack warm up in the sun for our last day climbing.
5/11/13 Fingertrip a 3 pitch classic. On the ground it was 11degC. At this semi hanging belay in a natural refrigerator.... it was C-c-c-c-c-ooooooold.
4/11/13 Misty mist fun times. Rock was a little damp but we still managed 7 pitches in these conditions on our first day. So very pleased.
4/11/13 Guide book mouth crux descent from Taquitz in the clouds.
4/11/13 Chris, belay 2 on Left Ski Track.
4/11/13 Busting out a 'reverse air running man and teapot combo' on the 3rd pitch of Left Ski Track.
4/11/13 Kitty having to actually try while on second !!!! OMG check out that crimp grip.
4/11/13 Chris coming up to the firts belay while the sun was still shining... soon to be surrounded by misty clouds though.
4/11/13 Left Ski Track on Taquitz. Super good climb. Probably the best 5.6 we have ever done. Amazing steep jug crack on pitch one, classy no hands traverse on P2 and more glory jugs on P3.
4/11/13 A rare Taquitz Rock Tortoise.
4/11/13 Kitty climbing through the mist to find her Neil on Taquitz
2/11/13 Chris lapping Stitcher Quites at beer-o-clock
2/11/13 The Swift, with Swain Snr on lead.
1/11/13 ... and a red top always makes for good photos !
1/11/13 This was perhaps the best single pitch 5.9 of the trip and very tough for the grade, especially mentally. Committing climbing with only 3 bolts and long runouts to trad gear. Brilliant moves and the best quality rock Joshua Tree has.
1/11/13 Game Face as Kitty has to work for her dinner.
1/11/13 Crag Dog failed in his duties and this beast almost got our food bag.
1/11/13 Mark being audited by the TAXMAN. And boy did he have some outstanding issues !!!
31/10/13 Halloween pumkins carved by us.
30/10/13 Mark and Joshua Tree
30/10/13 Kitty and Joshua Tree
30/10/13 Mark maximizing his secret T-Rex powers on the big reach on Pope's Crack. Nice runout dude !
30/10/13 Dike hiking home run ! yay !
30/10/13 Neil starting Stitcher Quites. 4 bolts in 40m climbing. Brilliant route and smart bolting just where you need them, And ONLY where you need them.
29/10/13 Halloween trial run. Pumpkins x 2
29/10/13 Sunset of Belle Campground where we stayed for the week climbing at Joshua Tree. Yes, it was as good as it looks every night !
29/10/13 Mark topping out on Joshua Tree's easiest 5.9 crack.
29/10/13 A crack and Neil. No that is not a Joshua Tree.
29/10/13 Neil climbing classic Joshua Tree 5.6. Or if you included the bottom 4m, maybe Australia grade 17 with deckout crux ??
29/10/13 Kitty styling at the top.
29/10/13 Kitty resting on some slab wide crack........ ok ok maybe it was totally nails 10c with ridiculous campusing off tiny crimps for the first 5m with no gear then hard steep crack climbing...... but thats no excuse for a wide crack sit down rest.
29/10/13 The running man. This is how you do it kids !
27/10/13 Beer-o-clock as sun sets over Joshua Tree and Mark tops out on an incredibly exposed 5.8.
27/10/13 Mark escapes a hoard of desert tortoise
27/10/13 Is that a fake tan you've got or are you just embarrassed to see me climbing in these ridiculous pants??
27/10/13 Rock Princess ascending the arete of amusement. Cant get more fun with 4 bolts and waaaay to much air.
27/10/13 Department of Wombatology ascends serious 5.5+ territory.
27/10/13 Kitty Salone TR gear removal team hard at work getting those cams out !
27/10/13 Behold Rubicon. Fisheye'd.
27/10/13 Rubicon Crack !!! Starts on the far right, goes up then all the way aross left a looooong way before going back up again. Classy climbing all the way with steep finger locks up high.
27/10/13 A Joshua Tree and some rocks.
27/10/13 Joshua Tree cracks. Very different from Indian Creek.
27/10/13 Ah! The rock was coming right at me!!!!
27/10/13 Day 1 at Joshua Tree for me, day 3 for Mark and Neil and their sixth day on. This is a wild and kinda crazy looking place!