(all pictures are low res, for high res click here)
On the first day of the trip, I had my first real rock climbing experience, as all of my prior rock climbing has been done in the gym. The picture above is the first route that I climbed - if you look closely you can see Tony setting up the belay station and anchors - here's what it looked like from afar . I only did so-so on this routes, but I don't think it was too bad for my first exposure to real rock. From this perch, we were served some beautiful views of the valley as well as other climbing problems .
Everyone went climbing this first day , and we all had a ton of fun. And yes, the pictures of Pea do remind me of Mike Myers as the "hyper hypo" on SNL . Kudos to Pea, as he climbed a 5.10a route this day.
After climbing here, we took a break back at the Real Hidden Valley for some lunch and beer. . Adrian took this time to rest in the sun , I got some pictures of a coyote , and Tony wowed us with his running skills. Some people went bouldering, while Tony convinced me to go try some more routes. After watching him climb (solo!) , I felt I was ready for another go. I mean, he made it look soooooooooooooo easy. Of course, I continued to have trouble with the routes, but I had a ton of fun.