Hey! It’s climbing season! Well, it’s almost climbing season in Washington, which means we get excited and buy plane tickets to climb in areas of the country with more reliable weather this time of year. Like, for instance: Moab, Utah.
We had our sights set on what we have come to call Credit Card Mountain. Perhaps you’ve seen it? Incidentally I am amazed how many people believe that commercial is somehow “faked”. My mother has proposed it’s because the commercial features a woman being a badass and people cannot deal. Love you so much, Mom!
Well, it’s actually named Ancient Art, and it turns out it’s a pretty easy route. It’s also only twenty minutes from the parking lot. Let’s do it.
As we got close to the start of the route, we could see people on the summit and stopped to gawk at our future amazing selves.
Well, here are a bunch of pictures of me and Eric looking way less impressive. First we climbed up a non-photogenic chimney, then we got to the money pitch. Here is Eric looking particularly unimpressive, demonstrating the “jump and hump” move to start the fun. It looks clumsy but it is terrifying.
Good job, Eric! Then it was my turn. I have never met a log crossing I didn’t want to scoot across on my butt, so I was really in my element here.
It turns out there are a couple of very awkward, somewhat muscular moves to get up this pitch, and standing on the very top was the least stressful part. Here’s my view of Eric hanging out at the belay ledge with some Canadians we befriended on the way up.
And, of course, my summit shot:
And then there was a looooooong rappel back to the ground, and then a short hike back to cold beers at the car.
We stopped to wash our hands in the silty Colorado River on the drive out of the canyon. Southern Utah is an exceptionally lovely place.
We only had a day in Moab before meeting up with friends further south, so we thought we’d better visit Arches National Park, it being RIGHT THERE and all. We didn’t have a ton of time, so we decided to go see the iconic Delicate Arch. It turns out you have to hike a mile and a half to see Delicate Arch. A mile and a half! That’s three miles total! But it’s hot out and I’m tired and where’s my dinner. And that is why Delicate Arch is so small in this picture.
More Utah climbing to come!