Wednesday, June 4, 2014

A trip to the Zoo, but I did not see any animals.

One fine day I received a call from a friend asking if I wanted to go to the zoo. I said yes as I had never been to the zoo before and could not wait to check it out for my self. I have heard lots of good things about it which had peaked my interest. With this in mind the following saturday we headed out to the zoo. As this was just a day trip we had to leave early to get there at a decent time in the day seeing that it is about a 3 hour drive to the zoo. As we passed the cascade mountains in the early morning I had to get some shots of the beautiful scene.
Mt Jefferson
After a long drive and some gravel roads we parked at the trail head and headed down the trail with other climbers for the zoo.

In case you have not guessed from the pictures the zoo is a back country crag in oregon. The climbing there is incredible. The climbs are steep in places and have big holds with big moves.
The steep wall at the zoo
On this wall it starts steep and then goes vertical.
We met some other people and got the full tour.
Getting ready to climb
After some warm-ups we headed to the steep wall and got on a incredible 5.10d that is one of the best I have ever been on anyware. I got some photos of some of the great climbers there sending the route.
Getting ready to go.
That's one great flake.
Super fun big move to a jug.
More steep and jugs

Sticking the crux
Pulling the lip.
What a great day we had out there. I cant wait to get back and try some of the harder lines. Must get my strength back first though.