Vegas Baby!!

We arrived into Vegas last Thursday evening. The bad news was that is was hot, and the campground out by Red Rock Canyon is closed this time of year. The good news is, we had accumulated enough Marriott awards points for a really nice room at the Courtyard Marriott for a really cheap price!! After living out of the truck for the past month and a half….I have to admit, it was really nice have a nice hotel room for a few nights!

On Friday we woke early and headed off to do a 6 pitch climb called Frogland. I had done this climb many years ago, and I thought it would be a great first multi-pitch climb in Vegas for Cathy, since most of it goes in the shade by around 10am. The climb was a lot of fun, and we knocked the climbing out in 4.5 hours. Here are a couple of shots from our day.

About to head into the Canyon
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About to head into the Canyon

Cathy coming up the first pitch
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Cathy coming up the first pitch

Cathy finishing up the 2nd pitch
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Cathy finishing up the 2nd pitch

All smiles at the top of the 3rd pitch
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All smiles at the top of the 3rd pitch

Getting ready to finish the last pitch of the Frogland
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Getting ready to finish the last pitch of Frogland

Toping out
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Toping out

Summit photo after an awesome climb, with Vegas off in the distance
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Summit photo after an awesome climb, with Vegas off in the distance

The next day we slept in a little, and then headed off for some sport climbing. I needed to get some laps in, so we headed to the Black Corridor, which is shaded all the time, and knocked out a bunch of climbs in a few hours. On another note…..Cathy also lead her first 5.9 sport climb!! She is really rocking the climbing on this trip.

Happy girl after leading her first 5.9
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Happy girl after leading her first 5.9

Climbing in Black Corridor.....plenty of shade!
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Climbing in Black Corridor…..plenty of shade!

That evening we were able to meet up with an old friend of mine, Brett. We played high school baseball together….way back in the day!! We met up with him and his wife Lizzy, and also got to meet their two year old son Archer (who we predict will be a future climber when he gets older ;-) Unfortunately, we forgot to take pictures, but had a great evening hanging out!

The next morning we slept in…..sooooo good! Then after a quick workout, headed off for Hoover Dam. We were able to get a few pics in before the heavens opened up.

Hoover Damn.......it's big!!!
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Hoover Dam…….it’s big!!!

Cathy at Hoover Damn
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Cathy at Hoover Dam……..by the way this was the after picture.

The wind was really blowing, so this was our first attempt at that picture ;-)

This was the before!
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This was the before!

Lake Meade side
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Lake Meade side

It pretty much rained the whole rest of the day. Our first real rain day since…….we think, since New Zealand. We are now just outside the Grand Canyon, and hopefully the weather will hold for us and come good as we make our way into Utah!

- Jamie

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2 thoughts on “Vegas Baby!!

  1. Looks like you guys are having a great time!! Cathy, nice guns in the 5.9 sport climb photo (& congrats on the climb)!!!!

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  2. Yeah, Frogland, brings back some cool memories! Cathy, that is bad-ass, leading your first 5.9. That is an awesome accomplishment!

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