Monday, June 1, 2009

Super Angie...Keystone-Saturday morning

Saturday morning, we got up bright and early and headed out to hike and rock climb along Swan Mountain Road in the beautiful White River National Forest. Rick went to explore some larger cliffs to rock climb, so I stayed with the kids.
We found this squater's shelter. We had heard last year that there was a squater that lived off the land in this area, but this shelter was right in the bouldering area, so we think this isn't his "house" but rather a shelter some teens probably made. There was a firepit inside. The kids just had A BLAST playing in and around this house. Tanith called it her class room. If you wanted to enter, you needed to say, "DING DONG". It was really cute and made me so happy to see them playing like that.
Brennan--our little yogi?
A line of hikers--follow that dad through the log pole pines.
Rick standing by the cliffs, overlooking Lake Dillon and Buffelo Mountain.

We had such a delightful time climbing, bouldering and hiking. Everyone practiced some free soloing skills, by climbing up a 20 wood wall, with no ropes and harnesses (well, Tan didn't do this). Rick practiced his anchor skills by building 2 fantastic anchors at the top of the traverse wall. I worked through my fears by climbing what is probably a 5.9 or 10--but if I had fallen off, I would have taken quite a swing. Rick was able to climb pain free. Dallin got over some of his fears of being lowered off the top, and Brennan ran a bunch of laps. Tan sang Spider Pig and entertained us all.

We got to the car just before it started to down pour. Good timing!

--Super Angie


TriPeakPro said...

It was tons of fun

Anderegg & Co. said...

Fun! It sounds like you guys had a blast!!!!! I wish Keystone was closer! I'm having a hard time convincing Jake it's worth the drive to only stay a week-end. There are tons of places to be discovered locally, too. Good job on practicing some "skills"!

On Belay

On Belay
Brennan Top Roping

Climb On!

Climb On!
Dallin top roping