Azure\’s Adventures

My adventures, fun times, and thoughts

Monkey Face Climb, Smith Rock, June 22, 2008 June 26, 2008

Filed under: Rock Climbing,Smith Rock — azureraff @ 12:04 am

If you ever visit Smith Rock State Park in Terrebonne, Oregon, the things you will notice first in the park is many rocks (duh), climbers, great views, and if you hike around…..a very distinctive feature called Monkey Face.  People hike to the platform across from the monkeys mouth to get a gaze at the climbers, and even sunbath across from the amazing feature. 

It is a goal of most climbers to reach the summit of monkey face and catch a view from the summit, and most of all, to enjoy the 200 foot overhanging rappell!  On June 22nd, Mac and I decided to climb the monkey since it was the perfect day and we were the first ones on the route!  From start to finish, it took approx. 5 hours to climb the four pitches, including one pitch of aid climbing (which I hate, thank you Mac for putting up with my cursing). 

Climbing is always epic with me, ask any one of my friends.  After the aid pitch of this climb (pitch three), you end up in the monkeys mouth.  You have to come out of the mouth and onto the last pitch (the nose) called panic point, hmmm imagine that.  Good thing I didn’t lead that hairy 5.8 sport pitch!  Even though 5.8 doesn’t sound hard, its pretty airy and overhung, and makes your climbing skills go down a couple of grades.  It was a traversy move and I was trying not to swing and pendulum coming across it, even following.  To make a long story short, I told Mac to “take or make the rope tight” so I could think about the move, and I ended up dropping below to the 5. 13 (a guess) portion.  How did I get out of it, well, I had to swing and jump for a piece and have Mac yard the rope in as I lifted up.  All of this with done with an audience.  I managed to make it though, and recieved a round of applause at the end! 🙂

Here is some pics from the day….

Monkey Face from the the approach trail, two people were currenly on the summit (it was a guide that was behind us with his clients)


The first pitch of the West face variation route, you follow the nice crack up.  Kind of cruxey at the beginning.

On the summit after holding on for my life 🙂 Notice the three sisters in the backgroud!

Mac on the summit….a fearless leader and my climbing partner!

Me rappelling! So awesome….I am happy now!

A look at feature from the back side, and you can see how far the rap was!


Yosemite, California August 16, 2007

Filed under: Yosemite — azureraff @ 4:33 am

August 8-14, 2007 my friend Mike and I headed down to Yosemite to do some rock climbing.  I really didn’t know what to expect going down there because everyone has been telling me that it is a lot of friction climbing and two grades harder than smith.  I am not sure I agree, I thought it was fun climbing.  I did some trad leading…and a little crying.  I had to down climb on some since I was chicken 🙂  Guess I know were my abilities stand at the moment.  It was a great time and climbed some pretty tall peaks with a lot of exposure.  We would have done half dome if time allowed, but it would have been a two day event.  On our rest days we checked out the valley and saw half dome, and El capitan…oh and took a shower! Our last day we spend laying on the beach of Tenaya lake drinking pacifico and lime staring at one of the peaks we just climbed.


Tenaya peak, around 10,300 feet…mostly pitches of 5.4 climbing until the top portion.  We did simal climbing til near the top.  The hike in sucks, got back to camp around 9pm. The right picture is me on the summit.


Left…me on the start of lembert dome, the summit is 9450 feet.  This route was mostly 5.7 except for a 5.8 crack that you can see in the picture on the right.  Nice climbing!


Mike and I on top of lembert dome


Cathedral peak from lembert dome….our next project


Cathedral Peak from the climbers trail on the hike in, 10,823 feet


Me following Mike on Cathedral after I freaked out leading 🙂


Summit of Cathedral peak


Eiehorn pinnacle, the coolest peak I ever climbed


me rappeling from the pinnacle


Me on the summit of the pinnacle, cathedral peak in the background. Both done in the same day.


View on the way down Eiehorn and Cathedral…yah, we got back late once again!


Half dome from the valley floor…next time


Bear box at camp, if you don’t use them, your car gets broken into and you camp taken over.  I saw a bear up close and personal at 9pm the night before I left sniffing around our camp. 


Frenchmans Coulee June 17, 2007

Filed under: Frenchman's Coulee,Rock Climbing — azureraff @ 9:29 pm

On June 16-17, 2007 when we got weathered out of the Tatoosh Traverse, Mac, Andrea, Heather, Tracy and I headed to Frenchmans Coulee to rock climb.  The area is near Vantage and sits in a canyon near the columbia river and the Gorge amphitheatre.  The needles consist of single pitch easier climbs a real short walk from camp, and the some multipitch climbs a longer walk from camp.  We only did sport rock climbing (no trad) this weekend.


Me leading 5.8 sport at Frenchmans


View of the needles from camp (nice walk!)


Other climbs in the area


Our group at the columbia river after the last day of climbing…beer in hand


Smith Rock May 12, 2007

Filed under: Rock Climbing,Smith Rock — azureraff @ 10:59 pm

These pics are from my adventures at Smith Rock both in ICS and with friends….


me looking up at skyridge 5.8 Joanne is leading


Jeremy leading sky chimney first pitch 5.7


me and Brian hanging out in a cave on pitch 3 of sky chimney…we really aren’t crazy


Dillon having fun on cinnoman slab


me on a 5.8 pitch on stander ridge


The girls at skull hollow…yes…its cold


getting ready to climb


me traversing across a ridge