One of the other places we climbed on the road trip was Bishop, in California. It's on the East Side of the Sierras. It's a beautiful place with great climbing. Unfortunately we only spent a few days there, as the weather worked against us, and it got really cold and snowy - just what we were trying to avoid. These are three pictures from our campsite.

Left and Right: Atari - One of my favorite problems from the trip, even though I didn't get much farther than what you see on the right. I want to go back and climb it someday. It's just an amazing problem in a beautiful location, the Happy Boulders. Jeff Giese, a friend of Cheryls from Wisconsin is doing an admirable job of keeping me from falling off the edge.

Left: Another beautiful problem at the Happy Boulders - Cheryl enjoying Sailing Away.

While Heather was out visiting us, we also spent a few days climbing in Joshua Tree. The picture at left is of our campsite, with the route Toe Jam marked in red. What a horrible approach. At right is me on the start of Stem Gem, another boulder problem I failed to climb, but I had fun trying. I'll get it next time.
These two pictures are of a route right near the Hidden Valley campground called The Bong. It goes up the crack in the middle of the formation in the picture on the left. The right is the view from the top.

The next day was pretty cold, so we headed down to Indian Cove, which is at lower elavation, and did a few routes.

Heather shows off perfect Fist Jam technique.

Cheryl and Jeff setting an anchor.

On the way out of Joshua Tree, we left through the southern enterance, and stopped to check out the Cholla Garden. Those are a lot of Cholla Cacti!

We also did some non-climbing sightseeing. We made it to the Grand Canyon, White Sands National Monument/Missile Range (thankfully they weren't shooting any missiles while we were there), and Death Valley. Hopefully we'll get back to the Grand Canyon someday to do some hiking, possibly when it's warmer.

Plus we stopped in Las Vegas for a couple days of civilization. We saw a show- Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil - and we saw the only Hammerhead shark on display in North America, at Mandalay Bay. She was super cool.

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