12.12.12.

Last time this happens… in our lifetime. 12.12.12.

Updated with some images:

here is that dyno also shown in the guidebook. my best effort is shown in this shot where I "stuck" the wrong part of the hold but with great tension and pressure. Oh well....

here is that dyno also shown in the guidebook. my best effort is shown in this shot where I “stuck” the wrong part of the hold but with great tension and pressure. Oh well….

So today involved a bit more hiking as we tried to go to Hadean’s Boulders where lies the Crazy Horse project. We followed the guidebook’s explanation for taking the Maze Loop Trail where it recommends to reach first the Phantom Cart boulder then on to Hadean’s. The guidebook shows this trail, and the North View Trail (but doesn’t label it… it’s assumed you’d figure it out once you reached the signs just past the parking at the right turn, first of 3 parking areas the book shows), and it show a wash that approximately parallels the Maze trail. The problem is the Maze trail follows the wash for a long time. Also, the guidebook states:

First, if you are parked at the Corral parking, follow the Maze Loop trail for approx. 1.4 miles. The trail starts heading east past a sandy Corral area, then hooks left (N) and into a maze of rocks…

That left hook, past the sandy Corral area, leaves the trail, and isn’t part of the Maze Loop Trail, but we never found it. And since the trail really is the wash and doesn’t seem to go like the trail shown on page 49, the distance to the Phantom Cart is much farther. I didn’t realize how far we walked until we were east past the Blood Diamond boulder, which lies farther south. Basically we walked past all the major peaks north of us. The Maze Loop Trail goes for over 4.5 miles. We finally turned back and headed into the “maze of rock” and worked our way to the Phantom Cart boulder then north to intercept the North View Trail and on to the sign that actually says Copper Mountain View (not lookout).

The best route is to take the North View Trail to the Copper Mountain View sign and left to the boulders, which is at the north precipice overlooking Morongo Valley. So we arrived. We warmed up by putting up some more moderates next to Amnesia, v4, including the line that goes in the opposite direction. Once I get some images ready, I’ll go more into detail on these. We jumped on the project too. The crux is similar to Blood Diamond: two moves to set up for a big throw. But on the proj, it’s to a bad crimp. Might be harder. More soon. Here’s a parting picture of my right front lower ball joint that I recently replaced. The drive back was at 50 mph and an amazing 27 mpg in the westy!

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that white part is supposed to be up inside and not visible.

Updated: Here are some more images at Hadean’s boulders. The first two images are on the Amnesia boulder where I had climbed a really sweet line in the past. In the image below, it goes left from the base of the two diverging cracks. Jill’s line starts at matched next to her left ankle on an obvious jug.

Jill working moves on the line she sent shortly after called Fugue, v2?

Jill working moves on the line she sent shortly after, called Fugue, v2 or 3?

here I'm doing the direct that's more like v4?

here I’m doing the direct that’s more like v4? Not as quality and very nasty movement.

The image below is of a few problems a short distance away from Amnesia, about 25 meters to the left beyond the pictures’ border. It starts with the right hand just below and right of the current left hand position, and from here goes big to a crimp up and right. It’s actually quite technical and a very good line. Another line goes left from a match on where her left hand is, Your Not-So Nasty, v2. Another line is on the very nice dark patina boulder to her right and starts on a big feature over head height. It’s maybe v0 or 1. Cool moves and maybe 3 or so ways to do it.

This line is a few meters away from Amnesia, which is two the right out of the images. It's called Your LIttle Nasty, v3?

This line is a few meters away from Amnesia, which is two the right out of the images. It’s called Your LIttle Nasty, v3?

Below is Jill on the Crazy Horse project.

Here she's just matched prior to a big throw. According the chalk present, it's being started at the chalk marks at her feet.

Here she’s just matched prior to a big throw. According the chalk present, it’s being started at the chalk marks at her feet.

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~ by r. mulligan on 2012/12/12.

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