April 30, 2007

Red Rocks, Climbing, Chris, Robin, Rich

Added one more tick to the Vegas trips tally, this time with my fantasic Security coworkers, Robin, Chris, and Rich. Our intent was to do lots of climbing in Red Rocks, but partying on Friday and Saturday night made for late wakeups and departures. Perhaps our initial mistake was staying in such an amazing hotel.

On Saturday we ended up climbing in the Black Corridor. Rich and I warmed up and climbed Trigger Happy, my first 5.10a, and then followed it with Nightmare on Crude Street (5.10d), which I managed to struggle up with some rests. On Sunday, we headed to Black Velvet Canyon and Rich got a chance to test drive our rental Subaru Outback on offroad terrain. It took us a bit of time to hike out to the base, especially in the 95 degree heat. Chris is learning to lead trad, so Rich gave us all a mini-clinic on how to place gear. By the time everyone got up and down the first pitch of Our Father (5.7 crack), there wasn't much time left in the day. Rich and Chris did the first pitch of Wholesome Fullback (5.10a) before we had to head back to the airport, return to California, and go back to organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible and useful.

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