Follow Five Ten

  • Facebook Page: 48708964129
  • Twitter: 5ten
  • Vimeo: fiveten
  • YouTube: FiveTenTV

Ibex Day Trippers - Elizabeth Hardwick

Ibex Day Trippers - Elizabeth Hardwick
Ibex Day Trippers - Elizabeth Hardwick
Ibex Day Trippers - Elizabeth Hardwick
Ibex Day Trippers - Elizabeth Hardwick
December 14, 2010 -  Elizabeth Hardwick    

This past weekend I made the long but mostly scenic drive out to a very special climbing area with two good friends, Luke and Cerre (a fellow FiveTen teammate). The remote mountain valleys of the climbing areas at Ibex are about an hour from the nearest town and miles from the nearest road that anybody other than climbers use. In between chatting and attempting boulder problems, there are always a few moments in which I sit still and take in the deafening silence of the place.


We escaped from the cold and the pollution trapped in the Salt Lake Valley into the warm sunshine and pristine desert air and we were giddy just to be outside. We warmed up on some fun short problems in the sun and were quickly shedding layers and climbing in t shirts! We wandered around a sector of unclimbed boulders and found a few that we definitely want to come back to. Luke did an FA of a really cool cave problem, but unfortunately for Cerre and I, it was freezing down there and we really wanted to get out and climb in the sun!

Next we went to an established area called Candyland, and contrary to the name, the problems here are hard! We toiled away for hours without many sends, but I loved every minute of getting shut down on those sandbagged problems. This was the first time in many months I’ve been able to try hard on moves without my finger hurting! The three hour car ride back didn’t seem so long after having one of my best days bouldering in nearly a year.


Join the Community

Popular Stories

The Future of Comp Climbing? - Josh Levin
Josh Levin
07-04-2014 - 
The first time I stepped foot in Arco, Italy three years ago for...
Rock and Ice Photo Camp 2014 - Delaney Miller
Delaney Miller
07-01-2014 - 
This year’s Rock and Ice photo camp was another great experience! It took...
Doing Durango! - Aicacia Young
Aicacia Young
07-03-2014 - 
I just got back home from a weeklong climbing trip to Durango, Colorado....
Boyz in the Hood - Urs Moosmuller
Urs Moosmuller
07-06-2014 - 
Boyz in the Hood is a mythical boulder problem hidden in the town...