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To increase our members' climbing skills, an advanced climbing trip
to Veyo, Utah was placed on the schedule. We had a great group of
people who participated, including myself, Steve Krall, Annalisa Helm,
Snafu (like Madonna, he only needs one name), Richard Baugh, Doug
Haldky, Mike 'I am a teacher' Ryan, Cassondra Long and Dima Khelifa.
This was a two-day overnight trip, where we camped out near Gunlock
State Park. We were actually on BLM land in an area next to the stream
in a free camping spot. The nights were cool and the climbing days
One of our first climbs at the new area on Sunday, was allegedly a 5.8. Doug, being the gentleman that he is, said he would lead this hitherto unknown climb. Doug did a phenomenal job and 'red pointed' (aka climbed it clean without falling or seeing anyone else climb it) the climb, which everyone agreed was more like a hard 5.9. I apologized for sandbagging Doug, but he was such a strong climber and leader it didn't matter.
Steve Krall put up the hard climbs that people wanted to top-rope 5.10s and 5.11s (come on, there has to be a rope gun on any climbing outing!) Cassondra improved her lead technique on the trip, since it turned out that she had been doing a lot of leading on her own. Prior to the trip, I said that everyone had to lead. However, Cassondra's daughter, still a teenager in high school, I felt was exempt. However, Dima did a great job leading herself!
Of course, Snafu and Richard, long-time leaders, had a great time
leading and climbing and were an unending source of entertainment
over the weekend. Annalisa, also a good 5.8 leader, led many climbs
over the weekend. Mike Ryan also led his first outdoor climb and exhibited
a great lead head.
MOREY PEAK OR BUST
From our campsite, Morey Peak was basically to the south, so being the wise leader that I am, I led our group north. In my defense, it was early so I wasn't thinking too clearly. Also, Morey is so remote that it is nearly impossible to find a good route description. I had the book, Hiking the Great Basin by Hart, and it vaguely described a route, including taking the right fork of the old road we were hiking. The right fork (obviously not the correct one) we took petered out soon and led us to the north, in the opposite direction of our goal. After crossing numerous drainages and negotiating some tough terrain, Josh, Dave Luttman and I finally gained a ridgeline and surveyed our position.
Much to our chagrin, we realized that the summit was still quite distant. As it was approaching noon and we were pretty tired from the hike up until this point, we decided to call it a day and head back. As we descended down to the road (the one we should have been on), we spotted Brett, Erika, and four-month old Lucas. They had camped in a different spot and had hiked up from their campsite and located the correct route. We informed them that the peak was still quite far, so they decided to hike back together with us.
We all chatted as we headed back to our camp to see how Kim, two-year old Nick, Amy, six-year old Toby, and two-year old Sierra were getting along. Actually, since we had radio contact with them most of the day, we knew they were doing well, but were a little warm. Our campsite was not bad, but was lacking in large trees to provide shade. Amy and Kim rigged a small tarp between the cars to provide some shade, but of course the kids were constantly moving, and spent little time in the shade!
Our campsite was located about 100 yards past the ghosttown of Morey. Morey was settled in 1869 as gold and silver ore was discovered nearby, and grew to the point where a post office was built in 1872. The post office closed in 1905 as Morey became deserted. A landslide destroyed much of the town in the 1950's, but there are the remains of four small buildings there now. There is also a good-sized apple tree with good-tasting fruit according to Dave.
Once we all returned to camp, Brett and Toby hiked back to Brett and Erika's camp to get their car. Toby enjoyed the two-mile hike and did a fine job radioing us to give us reports on their progress. We broke camp and packed up, as we planned to drive home that night.
From what I understand, Josh and Kim prepared one of their legendary camping feasts that we were sad to miss. However, we did have a good dinner at the Little AleInn in Rachel, which I would highly recommend. Brett, Erika, Lucas, Dave, Josh, Kim, and Nick drove back the next day through Tonopah as they were low on gas. All in all, it was a fun trip to a beautiful, remote area, despite our missing our goal. As Dave pointed out, now we have a reason to come back!
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Las Vegas Mountaineers monthly meeting this month
Search & Rescue in Southern Nevada
Officer Jim Roberts
Officer Roberts has been a Las Vegas Metro Police Officer for 8 1/2 years, and been assigned to Search and Rescue for 4 1/2 years. He is also trained as a paramedic and certified in all aspects of search and rescue.
Officer Roberts will give a presentation and talk about desert survival as well as the do's and don't's of experiencing the great outdoors.
Paul Des Roches
Prepare to explore these ever-changing Jules Verne-esque worlds of wonder. Glide through swirling waterways of sculpted rock, some slots over 100 feet deep, on this surreal photo-journey of four local canyons. Learn rope skills and about available gear specific to this sport. Allow yourself to be humbled by the inconceivable injury statistics, the dynamic nature of the challenges, and the awareness of the dire consequences of any miscalculations. Then go take a course like I did.