Trip Start Mar 30, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Written on 4/11/11

Okey dokey then! Lots to blog about!

After a some much needed sleep, i met up with Kevin (whom i met through, Elliot and Molly, who picked me up from the hostel, and after finding a place for my haul bag in the car, as well as me, we headed off for some lunch at a place called Chipolte's.
Chipolte's being my first introduction to American fast food proper, i didn't really know what to expect, outside of the stories mostly born from the film Supersize Me.
What you get is a 1600 calorie burrito (roughly the size of a large baked potato), filled with meat, rice, beans and a whole load of other stuff all of your choice and all for less than $6. And it tastes bloody amazing!
Fueled beyond need, we made a quick stop at Kevins aunts wrokplace (the Patagonia outlet - where she offered us a very nice discount! - i only bought a t shirt but could have bought and nearly did buy, tonnes!) to pick up a stove and strap the bags to the roof!
Ready to roll, we headed out of town on I15 (which if you go far enough down you will get to Clarke Mountain, home to Sharma's iconic route, Jumbo Love), and down towards Zion, via a motorway service station where you could buy ducks and (i think) Alpaca's!
Eventually the mountains to the East started to fade and the white of the snow was replaced by the red of sandstone! Soon after we turned off and headed into the Northern end of Zion National Park, and up into Kolob Kanyon.
Kolob (taken from the Mormon scripture meaning "residence closest to Heaven") Canyon is made up of 5 main finger canyons carved out of Navajo Sandstone, which run deep into the park. And at the far end of one of these lies what we came here for, a spectacular overhanging 40m line on huge holds, called Namaste!
Namaste is a gesture which represents the belief that there is a divine spark in all of us, and for some of us that divine spark fires the energy and flow of climbing. Even after hardly any sleep in 2 days and over 24 hours of traveling in the same time, i was psyched! Tie-ing on for my first route in the States in a snow and sunlight filled canyon, i had finally arrived proper!
Unfortunately i didn't get the route clean but got to the chains, and was amazed at how good the route was (similar to Grande Grotta but on Sandstone jugs instead of Limestone Stalactites). the view down the canyon was amazing and lowering i wished i had a camera!
After a few more laps between the 3 of us, we headed back down the canyon winding through the snow, the creek and the trees to the car, and off to set up camp, crack a beer, eat and sleep!
My first full day in America, and it was stunning!

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