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Golf Summerlin - Las Vegas, NV

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Located just west of the Las Vegas strip and nestled against the Spring Mountain Range is Golf Summerlin! We love golfing the Golf Summerlin courses; Highland Falls, Palm Valley and Eagle Crest. All 3 courses are located in Sun City Summerlin. 






Dog Wall - Rock Climbing

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Peanut gallery on the upper trail from the 1st pullout parking lot

Spent the morning at the Dog Wall crag in Red Rock Canyon. Yup, the rock was dry enough! The climbs here were overhanging and I only attempted one climb, Pleasure Dog (5.10) but quit when I couldn't get to a hold (too reachy for me). After that I just sat out and belayed. It was amazing to watch Linda and Tim leading the overhanging routes! And it was good to get out - I got to spend time with my climbing buddy who was visiting from Colorado for the weekend! 










The Gun Club - Rock Climbing

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Limestone Tingle: numbness in fingers and hands from climbing sharp limestone
Did some cragging at The Gun Club. Located in the La Madre range, it's a small canyon with a short and easy approach. But don't go letting this canyon fool ya! Its limestone walls may be short, but da buggah is super, super sharp! It was fun, very warm, and practically all the Vegas climbers were out there. This nicely bolted sport crag is a good alternative while waiting for the sandstone at Red Rock Canyon to dry out. We climbed in the section with climbs in the 5.6 to 5.10 range. I got an easy lead in on Mini-Gun (5.6), and TR'd the rest of the day. Enjoy a few photos taken of my day climbing the Right (North) Wall of The Gun Club!


On the easy approach to the right wall Several Barrel Cacti on the wall
Lotsa folks are out enjoying the warm temps and dry rock! (even Sock Monkey!)
The Left (South) Wall as seen from the Right Wall
Looking up the canyon



TPC Summerlin Golf

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Ronnie and I got a chance to play a round of golf with my cousins at the TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada. Great temps, fast greens and fantastic company! 






Death Valley National Park 2018

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Badwater Basin (6)







Salt Creek

Harmony Borax Works



Calico Hills 2 - Walk

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Photos of my walk through Calico Hills 2 of Red Rock Canyon until the rain started!













Crack Climbing & Sport Leading Instruction #9

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This month marks one year that I started on my journey of learning to crack climb. While vacationing in Joshua Tree National Park a year ago, I hired Seth Peitit of Mojave Guides for two days to teach me to crack climb. Not only do I love crack climbing, but I enjoy the process of learning the techniques of crack climbing. Since returning from Joshua Tree NP, I wanted to continue my crack climbing lessons. So every month I drive 70 miles north to Salt Pump Climbing Company in Scarborough, Maine for my lesson with Tino. Tino, the head routesetter, is a "movement guru" and I'm fortunate to take lessons from him. And today I had another super day of lessons with Tino! 

Several months ago I added sport leading to my crack climbing lessons. I find my lessons on sport leading to be really helpful and enjoyable to learn! The lessons give me an understanding and help me get accustomed to the technique necessary in the movement of sport climbing. It includes leading in the 5.6 to …

Warm Up Wall, Farley Ledges - Rock Climbing

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Nightfall came too quickly!
Veteran's Day might be our last day of New England rock climbing, so Etha and I headed out to Erving, MA and got in an afternoon of both sport leading and trad leading on the Warm Up Wall! So fun climbing and met a lot of super nice folks at the crag. Special "Mahalo" goes out to Josh who let me borrow his stick clip and showed me how to use it!