The Good Earth – a visual portal to arbitrary desert adventures.
A few things I know for sure: strata consisting of formations like Mudstone, Cutler, Cedar Mesa, Navajo, Kayenta and the like all have one thing in common – they formulate very challenging surfaces for “rock” climbing. And, I am absolutely fanatical about climbing this terrain, especially when time has eroded the frail composition into a free standing spire! I’m not talking Wingate, i.e. Indian Creek; I’m talking shaky heaps of hard and soft rock, could be mud, could be old rotten volcanic tuff – you climb it not just because it’s there, but because it might not be there for long; Crumbling piles of sediment loosely solidified and similar in structural stability to that of a sugar cube. Ahhh, the adventure!
Without a doubt my favorite place to climb is the Colorado Plateau and it just so happens to include a very large collection of said topography. Maybe I’m partial to this zone because it’s my home, or it could be the antihero climber sentiment that exploits along this medium provoke, might be the splendor and the quietness disturbed only by a meandering wind rustling the bunchgrass, but perhaps I just like the grit of fine quartz crystals pasted along my terror stricken, saliva free gum-line and the burn of dehydrated, sun baked skin.
Don’t get me wrong, I love climbing on bullet stone like that of the New River Gorge. I’m not trying to convince any person to partake who has not already developed their sense of adventure for tottering mudpiles – last thing I want to see is a crowd at the base…after all what if the tower collapsed crushing the would-be suitors, which would be tragic. I just wanted to share a little bit of something different from an amazing place!
Video of climbing Ship Rock near where I grew up in New Mexico.
My friends TC Webb and Ryan Sigsbey shot a good documentary of me and a buddy biking along the White Rim in Canyonlands and climbing towers. Here is the promo, the final should be out soon, watch for it!
Blanco Canyon, walking distance from my pops farm…Hoodoos galore!