Joe’s Valley – Day Three at the Left Fork

1 05 2009

We had a bit of rain on Friday night that sent everyone to be early and luckily we awoke to clear skies in the morning. It had not rained much during the night and we hoped to get some climbing in. Our inital plan was to drive to Ibex if we had woken up to rain or possibly a short detour to Triassic.

The Riverside area seemed ideal start of our last day and was near the Right Sign area with the classic Wills A Fire. After doing many fun slab problems attention turned to the technical Feels Like Grit. More time and better temps were necessary and we moved on the Angler and eventually went up the road to Wills A Fire.  It was starting to drizzle and after Adam and I sent the group moved to the right fork which was still dry.  

Energy was running low and after a few attempted climbs we bailed to a wonderful Lunch/Dinner at Big Mammas. We left just in time and were greeted by an intense hail storm as we drove into town. 

Lizzy and I will be writing a bit more on our impressions on Joe’s Valley later on. For now enjoy the photos from our last day!


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If the weather was warmer it would be nice to take a dip in the river!


Julie tests her skills on a nice slab problem.


joes-valley-apr-09-126 Luke tries his best not to crimp on the small holds.



Josh and Julie enjoy the relaxaing views at the Riverside Area.



A pretty looking line across the river!



Lizzy has her eye on the jug.



Adam  reaches on the same problem.



Kearah shows that you don’t need your feet to mantel. 



Lizzy getting her slab on.




Luke happily flashing the super classic Angler



Rebecca working her way up The Angler V2



Heel hook and go!



Adam quickly moves through the crux.



Adam getting high above the river. 

(The left blue pad was sticking out about a foot over the water!)



Adam playing on the  nice slopers. 



Luke getting ready to top out.



Luke making the final moves up the rail.



Adam reaches for the top!


Luke on The Angler (aka the Rail) V2



Lizzy working her way up Feels Like Grit V8



Lizzy applies her balance the subtle features of the rock.



Adam tries his hand at Feels Like Grit.


joes-valley-apr-09-416Julie figuring out some beta on Feels Like Grit.


Make sure to come back for videos of Adam and Luke sending Wills A Fire.