The sign into Little Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake reads “Wasatch National Forest, Land of Many Uses” Utah rocks my world- you can be snowboarding and rock climbing in the same place on the same weekend. That’s what I did.
On Saturday, Brownie and I did our normal weekend thing and headed up to snowboard at Snowbird. The snow was awesome, the sun was shining and I went snowboarding on the last weekend of April. The Bird got like 12 inches of snow during the past week, and it was all still there and still good. At this time of year, it’s all crazy locals who don’t want winter to end- which is totally sweet. No annoying tourists getting in the way. Finally!
Today, I went rock climbing in the same canyon but about 1 mile away from Snowbird and on the other side of the road. On the side of the road with Snowbird and Alta on it, there’s still plenty of snow and on the other side, no snow. It was very strange, but great for some spring bouldering. Bouldering is where you climb up something not too tall, basically a big boulder that’s fallen off the mountain. You use a “crash pad” something sorta like a mattress in case you fall, but otherwise don’t have a harness or rope. It was so much different from climbing inside- you have to feel the rock and find good spots to put your feet and your hands. I felt like I had to relearn how to climb- it was no longer as simple as grabbing the colored hand holds that stick out of the wall. We did about 4-5 boulders. *The first set of photos is a series from start to finish and then the rest of the photos are different shots from different boulders we did.