Friday, March 11, 2011

Death Valley

We decided to drive through Death Valley on our way to Vegas, and take our time to enjoy a few of the sights. It's an incredibly beautiful place for having such a morbid name.  First stop was the ever popular sand dunes.

Where of course you can't help but feel like a kid again.

Next up was Badwater Basin, which, at an elevation of 282 feet below sea level is the lowest point in North America.

We went out and walked around on the cool salt flats.

Then a bit up the valley to the Devel's Golf Course.  It's a few feet higher in elevation than the basin itself and as a result the ground remains dry, allowing the wind to sculpt the salt into a seemingly endless sea of formations.

We've been in Red Rocks now for a few days, and are slowly readjusting to climbing on sandstone.  It feels a bit insecure, to say the least, compared to the bomber igneous rock we've been climbing on for the last couple of months.  Nevertheless, it's been awesome to get back into climbing longish routes.  Here is Kristal finishing up the last pitch of Olive Oil, which was a fun 600+ feet of climbing to the top of Rose Tower.

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