Today Thomas and I did an awesome climb! It’s called Black Streak (III 5.10b, 6 pitches, 800′) on Devil’s Castle (10,920′). It’s mostly a bolted climb, but there are some gear placements in there, too. The approach and getting ready to climb took about an hour. The climb itself took about two and a half hours, and then getting down took about an hour and a half. The pitches are 5.10a, 5.10b, 5.8, 5.4, 5.10a, 5.9.
Overall, I loved the route. I’m going back next week to do another route on the same face. Here are two epic highlights of the trip:
- Hearing the hum, then buzz of falling rocks. They sound like missiles, and you can’t see them. Then all of a sudden the rock exploded 15 feet away from us… It’s one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever experienced.
- The road out of Little Cottonwood Canyon is super steep, and I was riding my breaks the whole way. Aaannddd… My tires caught on fire. I’m not kidding. I pulled over on the side of the rode to check out a cliff and I realized that my tires were smoking! I looked closer and saw that there were flames coming out through the holes in the hubcap! Thomas and I grabbed all of the water bottles in the car and started dousing the front two tires and eventually they stopped flaming and smoking. Crazy…
Here are the pics: