I'm in Joe's Valley, Utah, for the second time this month. Shannon is making breakfast in the van (sausage, eggs and broccoli). I've got a hot cup of coffee and the air is crisp and clear. If I weren't in such poor physical shape, today would probably turn out to be a fantastic climbing day.
Well, I finally made it outside again, this time to Joe’s Valley. This was my first bouldering trip since 2010 and overall I am pretty excited about the experience. It was great to get outside, climb hard and increase my motivation for the rest of the year. Warming up - Jelly Bean - V1
Joe's Valley is one of the most gym-like areas I've ever visited. While the problems can vary widely from boulder to boulder, most share a common theme- long moves between generally positive holds on an otherwise blank sea of gorgeous sandstone. In this way, Joe's lends itself to a very dynamic style of climbing. Luckily for me, this is one of the forms of climbing that I'm least accustomed to, at least outdoors. My first week in Joe's was an abrupt adjustment, especially after my past month on the very static, precise granite of Bishop....