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Exploring the Blue Mountains

Exploring the Blue Mountains

Posted by: on May 15, 2013 | 2 Comments

We had a wonderful opportunity to visit the Blue Mountains in Australia. The town that was our destination was Katoomba, located in the New South Wales, West of Sydney. The train ride out was very easy and an enjoyable adventure in seeing the country side between various vintage stops. Since we didn’t take any of our personal gear out, we decided to link up with a local company to the area Blue Mountain Adventure Company. Our guide for the day was Marty, a very experienced and over all great guy who was psyched to be in the canyons again.

Kolob Canyon Adventure

Kolob Canyon Adventure

Posted by: on Apr 25, 2013 | One Comment

Belaycafe had another wonderful opportunity to do some canyoning work with Zion Mountain School.

Visiting Wall Street

Visiting Wall Street

Posted by: on Mar 16, 2013 | No Comments

We love heading to the desert, especially Moab. We recently took another road trip back down to our favorite desert spot, and this time we decided to hit up wallstreet a bit for climbing between our other adventures.

3day class of adventure

3day class of adventure

Posted by: on Jul 28, 2012 | One Comment

spending 3 days in the canyons of southern utah is what some consider the ultimate dream. we were wanting to learn more about canyoneering and lucky enough to find an amazing company to teach us by sharing their experience/know how in canyoneering for a 3 day course. zion mountain school is a company based in springdale just outside of zion national park, with years of experience both personal and professional these guys were on point. they specialize in guiding adventures, whether climbing, canyoneering, mountain biking, hiking and more.

the best part is that they are passionate and friendly which makes your experience that much better, there is a very personal touch that goes a long way i feel most companies have lost they days to just getting as many customers in and out the door as possible. (zms) is about tailoring your experience to you and only you, they specialize in small groups so that you can fully enjoy the serenity of your adventure and be able to ask questions without having screaming strangers rushing in-front of you to be the first one to the rappel.

with some canyoneering experience and lots of climbing we were able to get out in the field on day one, this varies client to client for (zms) due to them tailoring each course or group to the experience they already have. each day we visited a new canyon and learned more and more advanced techniques. on the 3rd day we were basically shadowed by our instructors to put the problem solving load fully on our shoulders. i love solving problems and canyoneering plays on that which makes it even more enjoyable. this is not an adventure sport where you can just go blindly or head strong into it, it requires thinking, assessing and solving many problems the entire time. it is not a activity that you can just dive into head first with little or no experience. in zion national park there are very few climbing rescues but over 200 canyoneering rescues a year. people have this idea that it is easy and just requires sliding down a rope. if this is your mentality then this is not the activity for you, but if you want to learn more or have a experienced guide take you through a canyon which you might have never gone or been then zion mountain school should be your choice.

thee amazing spider boy

thee amazing spider boy

Posted by: on Sep 22, 2011 | 2 Comments

while climbing at our local gym, belaycafe had the opportunity to meet a very special little guy with insane abilities paired with an amazing personality. his name is jamie and he has been born into a life where climbing comes naturally. from having a climbing wall at home to practice on, plus a dad who works at a climbing gym, jamie quickly began to excel at his ability to climb and process the required understanding it takes to lead climb at a young age. did we mention he loves to climb?

we all know kids are fearless monkey’s for the most part,┬ábut lead climbing is different. there are so many more risks that come with leading a climb. this is where jamie leaves his fellow preschoolers and most adults in the dust. with his ability to manage the rope and clip cleanly he becomes incredibly efficent in ascending a climb. he is a climbing machine! we watched, along with the entire gym, one night as he completed this climb 3 times in a row. insane given the difficulty and endurance required.

we think jamie has a very bright future in climbing ahead of him and can’t wait to see him grow and change with his understanding and ability in this sport. he could be a game changer along with the rest of his generation being born into the niche world of climbing. we can’t wait to watch him climb again and get more oppertunities to film him along his journey.

we were very lucky to have met him and his family and want to extend our thanks to them for this wonderful chance to do a post on this amazing story.

playing in my backyard

playing in my backyard

Posted by: on Apr 16, 2011 | No Comments

the great thing about having a mountain in your backyard is having the opportunity to climb it, and i had just that opportunity the other week. the 11 pitch climb of mt. olympus is really straight forward which makes for fun afternoon climbing out of the valley to the east ridge. with routes between 5.3-5.6 it could be free climbed, but i would not recommend it.

over the years there has been a lot of controversy around bolting certain spots along the climb for a belay or repel station. with this controversy uncontrolled actions, like cutting bolts without warning, subsequently leaving your party to down climb off route.

the approach can be more or less difficult depending on the time of year, with april likely being the best time of year with a clear trail leading to a snow filled canyon. snow shoes make for an easier ascent up the snow field and cooler temps make for an enjoyable climb. to reach the summit add another 30-45 min after reaching the ridge line and make sure to leave yourself enough time to get off the mountain by 3-4 pm.

overall it’s one of the best local climbs, not the most difficult but the fun factor is through the roof and a must do for any climber in the salt lake city area or visiting.