Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Enchanted Tower March 20th-24th

The Enchanted Tower area, was about 60 miles west of Box Canyon, and not really on the way to anywhere. But we were really glad we decided to check it out. It is definitely one of the top climbing places we have been to, and I think might be the most scenic one yet. Great scenery, free camping, good people, and really fun climbing.

The Tower from camp

Bax "lone ranger" Max wanders on...

Michael climbing on mother goose wall
Mary doing her first clean- it's really scary to untie yourself up there

Goonie is wondering what she is up to

I'm about to head up the tower on a 5.11, the hardest climb we've tried so far

Goonie taking himself for a walk

A dog's eye view- that's little Emilie on the top

It was a really fun climb, definitely challenging, but very rewarding too.

Mary on top of the tower

She survived, and apparently is rather excited

Michael on his way up

Michael on his way down

I got to go up one more time to get all our gear back, I was pretty darn tired by the end

On the way down- I was trying to be cool like Michael, but didn't quite have the courage to flip all the way upside down.

Goonie being a cutie-pie

On a climb called ooey-gooey, it was hard to hang on because it was so overhung

Back at camp

After 3 hard days of climbing we decided to move on. Our decision was made even easier to when we woke up on the 4th day and it was barely over 30 degrees. Mary's poor hands nearly fell off taking down her tent.

We headed back into Socorro for some library time and spent the night in Box Canyon again. This time we were not the only campers. There was another very friendly talkative older lady named Vicki who was camping out of her van with her 12 year old dog. She told us that she would keep an eye out for any problems, and if she saw anything she would honk the horn 3 times, if it was once, she just bumped it.

Thankfully no honks awoke us, and after a long discussion with Vicki about...well just about everything the next morning, we were headed towards white sands.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

Any more pics of Crouching Mary? : ) Looks like you guys had a great time!