Several weeks ago I mentioned my first mountain climbing trip ever ! I told you about some of the things I saw and I have been asked about the pictures from that trip, so here you all go ! I have been climbing once more after this, just last weekend, at a much lower elevation and will post the pics for that one as well. Enjoy !
This is the burned part of the forest that I told you about, the grass didn't turn out as green in the picture as it was in real life. Imagine a black, charred forest against neon green-colored grass. It was surreal ... and beautiful !
We are approaching the ledge to make the descent into the canyon with a road down below ... if you look hard, you will see a very tiny car on the road that looks like a speck. We are on the highest mountain in the range, at about 9000-foot elevation, looking down on all the boulder stacks below us ! Yes, I am completely
Same spot as above, looking across the mountain range, with another angle of the road below. My hands were completely trembling and I was shaking from head to toe.
The rest of our group on a different ledge... these guys are completely at ease, jumping from rock ledge to rock ledge, laughing and talking the entire time. We are still at 9000-foot elevation, looking straight down into nothingness.
This area of the basin is a canyon with rock walls 50-60 feet tall. Only a few people have ever been down this far, and you can only get to it by climbing into it. It was completely silent down there so that our voices echoed. The water is about 20-feet deep here, and is FREEZING ! No life in the water that I could see ... believe me, I was looking !
These are from my second trip, just last weekend. The elevation was much lower, at about 2800-feet. I was more relaxed this time, and still tethered to the instructor. What I love most about it is seeing things that are inaccessible any other way.
This is a small, flowing creek at the base of this canyon, taken late in the day. It was very beautiful and peaceful there, with the sounds of the waterfall off in the distance and the flowing creek !
This was the highlight ... a waterfall at the end of a creek that becomes a raging river in the springtime as the mountain snows melt. You can see how the rocks have been worn smooth over time ... some places here are very slippery and shiny like glass.
Looking up at the incline of the canyon wall, about 40-50 feet. Cactus and desert grass just grow right out from the rock of the mountain. This area was breath-taking !
I hope you all liked the pictures ... this is something I'll be doing much more of - it's an incredibly terrifying, but yet amazing, experience !