Climbing Nez Perce Spire, Southwest Face

Jun 28th 2010 — Blodgett Canyon,Climbing,Montana — 7:43 pm

Yesterday I met Steve at 5:30am and we drove down to Blodgett Canyon to climb the southwest face of Nez Perce Spire. Rock Climbing Montana says it is 8 pitches, 5.10. It is definitely the tallest climb I have ever done.

The pitch length and difficulty of our route varied quite a lot from the guidebook’s. However, it was freeing not knowing exactly how hard what you were climbing was or how long you should go before setting up the next belay. Big ups to Steve for leading all the hard stuff.

I had a bit of a scare on the first pitch, taking a 20 foot lead fall/slide on a slabby section (apparently there was some slack in the rope, none of my pieces popped), and was both grateful and proud of myself to be caught by a #3 stopper I had put in a fairly shallow crack. (A piece of metal a little smaller than a jellybean with some metal wire attached to it.)

The sun was out and we didn’t have any other major incidents, and were back to the car around 7:30pm.

Evening at Lake McDonald

Jun 26th 2010 — Glacier — 7:04 am

In Glacier

Jun 24th 2010 — Glacier — 5:47 pm

We drove up to Glacier. Everyone was feeling groovy.

Mom and Dad Visit

Jun 23rd 2010 — Missoula — 11:37 pm

Mom and Dad came to visit. One day we took a walk. Dad was not feeling well so he did not go.

Green Missoula

Jun 13th 2010 — Missoula — 11:30 am

Missoula Rainbow

Jun 11th 2010 — Missoula — 5:11 pm

Sweet rainbow that was outside our front door earlier this week.

Sasquatch Music Festival 2010, Monday

Jun 9th 2010 — Concert Photography,Music,Sasquatch Festival — 9:41 pm

Sasquatch Music Festival 2010, Sunday

Jun 5th 2010 — Concert Photography,Music,Sasquatch Festival — 10:03 am

Highlights from Sunday included LCD Soundsystem, Pavement, Massive Attack, and Booka Shade.

I have been a Pavement fan for a long time and was great to see them play. It was Steven Malkmus’ birthday.

Massive Attack was unreal.

Sasquatch Music Festival 2010, Saturday

Jun 2nd 2010 — Music,Sasquatch Festival — 6:40 pm

Some pictures from the first day. This was my 3rd year spending Memorial Day Weekend at Sasquatch. Highlights from Saturday were many. Brother Ali, Broken Social Scene, The National, Vampire Weekend, and Deadmau5 were all excellent.

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