There is more to life than just rock climbing. It's so important to have a wide variety of interests, and rock climbing isn't the only thing that I do. I'm not really as one dimensional as this blog makes me seem. Sometimes my skin and muscles are too worn out to climb, so I pursue other activities. One of my favorite things to do outside of rock climbing is Geotourism. It's a really fun way to spend the rest days! My understanding of it is that geotourism has two important components. The first thing is to travel to an area because it's geologically interesting, and the second thing is to take some time to focus on that area's abiotic factors... such as the cliffs and the boulders.
On our recent trip we toured Devils Gate.
Dome Rock is just like a Vedauwoo dome that got lost one hundred miles from its home. And just like Vedauwoo it has a few mysterious boulders that are solid and featured,
We also toured Fremont Canyon. I haven't climbed there yet because it has always sounded like an intimidating place. Rapping in, pulling ropes, and committing yourself to finishing a trad climb sounded, well, committing. I imagined an open prairie cut by an unexpected chasm. The area is also known as the site of a very tragic murder and, decade later, suicide story involving two men and two sisters. So I expected the entire place to be desolate and unnerving. I was quite surprised to get to the bridge and find a really fun and friendly looking crag instead.