It had been a few years since being there, and was nice to get back down into the depths of
this magical place. My 1st climb in the black was The Cruse 5.10+ V back in 1998 with
Steve Su. Not to be mistaken with the Scenic Cruse this one has the notorious off-width crack!
So much fun!! Liz had never been on this gem, but always wanted to. . .
Now she knows what the 12 to 14 pitches are all about. Good stone, good climbing, good views!
We had a good time hanging out with many friends during our stay. . .
Max from Germany.
Thom Engelbach and Jim Turner - My Patagonia spooning partners.
Eric Malmgren (3M / Mad Man Malmgren) and Wayne Crill.
Stu Richie, and Wyatt ?
Steve Su (who was on the Scenic Cruse when we were on The Cruse) and Doug Chabot.
(Congrats to Steve, Doug, and Bruce Miller for winning a spot in the 2011 Mugs Stump Grant!!)
|Leaving Crawford, headed for the big ditch!|
|The big black ditch.|
|Liz enjoying a fine corner.|
|Starting up the OW fun!|
|The fun traverse up high.|
|Liz leading the way.|
|Steve Su. Us being there together was like Deja Su!|
|Doug high above the river.|
|Liz nearing the top.|
|Looking across the canyon at Stu Richie on Ghost Dancer Arete.|
|Jim Turner chillaxing on the beach (under the Hooker Buttress.)|
|Max & Thom about to top out from Stoned Oven!|
|Thom was pleased to find the treasure I had stashed below the rim for them!|
I am so ready to go back for more adventure!