Joshua Tree, California
April 6 - 13, 2007
Dave Svilar, Matt, Darren, Will, John
Please join us on a photographic journey through one of America's finest rock climbing treasures - Joshua Tree National Park.
|Our five man crew from left to right - Will ("hey,
camera's over here!"), Matt (aka Redhead), Dave, Darren, and John taken
in our campsite in Hidden Valley. Originally it was to be a trio -
Matt, Dave, Darren - but two days into the trip my Telluride friend Will
and Darren's co-worker John dragged into camp. I tend to favor
3-somes over 5-somes, but group dynamics remained intact.
|Darren locates the easiest climb within walking
distance and ascends (or "sends"). He then courteously coils the
rope before our rappel. Many climbs can be found within the
campground including one that was almost directly above our campsite.
|Below: No amount of push-ups can make your arms
longer. Just before taking his first - and only - leader fall of
Top: Matt nears the top of Hemingway Wall as dusk approaches.
|Darren prefers to watch the last climb of the day.
|The tent provided a place to shove our stuff during
the day as we chose to sleep out under the stars.
|There's nothing like a campfire in the evening in
J-tree. Photo by Will
|John snubbed his nose at our oatmeal breakfasts, and
graciously sugared our palettes with blueberry pancakes.
|Our two gung-ho climbers, Matt and John take their
game to Lenticular Dome.
|John and Matt racing to the top of Lenticular Dome.
|Darren chops his way to the top of a handcrack named
|Artistic renderings of the elusive red desert cactus.
|Only jumpin' John could give the Redhead a run for
his money - in terms of intense personality and crude humor. Since
our mothers read this the best picture has been censored by the staff at
AlpineFever. If you can imagine... cam placements aren't
limited to cracks in rocks.
|Will frolics amongst the magical J-Tree landscape on
a lazy afternoon.
|Matt sizes up his intimidating nemesis "Illusion
Dweller", grabs the rack, and makes a flawless ascent. What's that
you say? Concerned the Redhead isn't taking enough leader falls
and has become finesse on the rock? Please scroll down to the
|A death cloud descends on the normally bluebird
J-Tree. Photo by Willy
|Matt gets the chore of belaying John while Dave and
Darren have a better idea - let's go watch a Will Farrell movie.
Notice the white streaks in the photos - graupel (cross between
snow/rain). Photos by Will
|For a grand finale we climbed Sheep Dome's classic
Walk on the Wildside in the freezing cold at dusk. I politely
suggested to Matt that climbing to my right would present an outstanding
backdrop for a photo. His reply, "I could give a *&^% about your
photo. Get the &*#@ out of my way." Memorably, we made the
last rappel down the face with headlamps.
|Par for the Readhead's course. This time he didn't get to take
his scabs to Vegas. Several years ago we had more time and even
less maturity. See the J-Tree trip
here, or the description of our
Vegas trip here.
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