Sunday, April 3, 2011

Black Orpheus and Bird Land

Mark and I drove into Red Rocks from St. George and decided to climb Black Orpheus a 1300' 5.10 route  that would be mostly in the sun. I did most of the leading as Mark has had a 5 year layoff from free climbing. We got stuck behind another party on the upper pitches and had to wait a little bit. When we topped out the winds were blowing near 50mph and would knock you over if you were not bracing yourself. We made it back to the car as the sun was setting. The next day was beutiful and as we were little tired and still wanted to do some climbing we decided to do the classic 5.7 5 pitch climb called Birdland. As anticipated it was crowded but we took our time and enjoyed the nice warm day climbing in the sun.
Mark already gripped on the 4th class approach

Mark fighting the wind on the Summit of Black Orpheus
Another Day at the Office

Our Junk Show

Mark on the Last Pitch of Birdland

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