Hidden Gems of Flaggstaff, AZ

Trip Start Jan 14, 2009
Trip End May 2010

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

After wonderful visits with our families, we spent several days exploring the fun and varied climbing around Flagstaff with our friend, Keith. While the rest of the deserts of Utah, Nevada and Arizona have been heating up to extreme temperatures (too hot for climbing), Flagstaff remains in the high 70s and low 80s every day due to its high elevation (7000 ft).

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 stemming hard
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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Keith's House
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