Last weekend I had the opportunity to go to Joe’s Valley to do some bouldering. Never having been to Joe’s Valley before, I didn’t really know what to expect. At the beginning of the trip, I instantly fell in love with the sandstone in Joe’s valley.
Our first day in Utah we went to New Joe’s. I was overwhelmed by the amount of boulders everywhere. We started on the Closet boulder. This is where I climbed my first problem in Joe’s Valley. After we warmed up, we went up the hill to climb Chips and Planet of the Apes. Planet of the Apes was very enjoyable. This is a compression problem which is mildly overhung. Having sent those very quickly, we went to go climb some easier stuff which everyone would enjoy.
On Saturday, our second day climbing, we warmed up on the Bowling Ball then went to Wills of Fire. This climb was the highlight of the trip for me. This was a very tall boulder. This problem was taller than twenty feet tall. Also, this problem is one of the most classic sandstone test pieces in Joe’s Valley. The crux of this climb was at the top. In fact, it was the last move before the top-out. As I got the this part of the climb, I got a huge adrenaline rush. After I topped this boulder, I knew I would leave Joe’s Valley with a felling of accomplishment. After I sent this, I started losing a battle with my skin. We climbed until our fingers bled, then we continued to climb more.
My trip to Joe’s valley was one of the most enjoyable climbing trips I’ve been on. I didn’t focus on the grades of the climbs, which was hard for me. Rather than doing that, I just focused on having a fun trip. If you haven’t been to Joe’s valley, I would highly suggest it.