Day 1 - single pitch sport routes on Ultraman Wall. Long, steep, slabby, balancy, trust your feet!
|Andrew rappelling from the top of one of the climbs on Ultraman.|
|Amazingly, even though it was Saturday and the canyon was quite busy with cars, cyclists, runner, |
hikers and other climbers, we had this area to ourselves!
|Love the red rock.|
|Bomber gear placement.|
|Andrew found a unique belay spot at the top of one climb. Not gonna get pulled off that one!|
|Airplane designs in the sky.|
This time we thought perhaps a weekday in "winter" and starting early would help. It did to some extent as there was only one other pair of climbers on the route. They started just ahead of us and moved a bit faster as the guy leading was quite a good and confident climber and barely put any gear in. His second was a slower climber and then slowed things further by having a conversation on her cell phone half way up the climb!
The route does deserve its popularity. Great views, mostly gets the sun, interesting rock features, a few challenging spots but really good gear placements.
|Heading to Mescalito to climb Cat in the Hat.|
|Andrew at the top of the crack of Pitch 3.|
|Andrew nearing the top of the last pitch.|
|Love the red stripe of rock on this mountain.|
|Andrew and I both, at different times during the day, caught a glimpse of an animal with a ringed tail. We couldn't tell what it was for sure but when we stopped at the Visitor's Centre we found it was a ringtail cat. They are good climbers!|
Andrew's blog post here.