Hidden Gems of Flaggstaff, AZ
Trip Start Jan 14, 2009
57Trip End May 2010
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While we visited the surrounding hillsides around Flagstaff, it was impressive to see the seemingly endless groves of Ponderosa Pines. It turns out that Coconino County has the largest stand of contiguous Ponderosa in the entire US and these amazing forests are home to plenty of wildlife.
We ended up visiting Paradise Forks for two days (amazing crack climbing on basalt that is on par with the Smith Rock Gorge, but has adventurous tree anchors), the Pit (steep, overhanging limestone), the San Fran mtns (you'll have to find this place yourself!) and Isolation Canyon (steep, yet technical, interestingly varied climbing).
Our camera has been acting up (dirt, sand and excessive weather exposure) so we only have a few photos to share in this report. We're off to hang out in the rock climbing mecca of Bishop, California and to explore the surrounding High Sierra Mountain Range!!
Keith, our host, is a talented rock climber with loads of experience and infectous sense of humour!
Ben pulling the roof of a great 11b in Isolation Canyon (forget the name of the climb)
Lindsey sets an example of attentive belaying at its best!
Ben leading up the super fun rock of the San Fransico mountains
Lindsey scrambling into Isolation Canyon
More photos available on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/benkunz/sets/72157618459176545/
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