After our ridiculous fireworks mission the 3 Monkeys venture onwards to glorious Zion in Utah. We arrived very late at night at our new couch surfing place. Our new host was the radical and awesome Keith. It was very dark when we arrived so when we walked out the front door in the morning we were blown away when we saw the view. Keith's house is planted right in the middle of some sort of desert heaven:
Keith's house was near the town of Springdale. It turns out Keith is the man of this town. Keith brews all the beer in this town which is a big deal in the Mormon state of Utah. Below we are venturing into Keith's castle:
We were treated with unlimited beer straight from the storage vats. Note the magical cup below complete with curvature conducive to sipping beer.
Destiny was occurring, there was beer and Donkey Kong barrels:
Now I know you have all been waiting so here it is. A photo of the infamous Keith:
Above the beer castle is a museum full of crazy animals. Now thats a moose!!!
Next we visited Zion national park with Keith and our friends Erica and Indira from Las Vegas. Now nearly spring the trees and wild flowers were amazing.
We hiked up the trail Angels landing, the steep walk was definitely worth the view.
We celebrated the hike with dinner and a highly nutritional chocolate brownie..
Moonlight buttress was the perfect climb to practice Aid climbing on. The perfect splitter cracks just keep going. In the photo below moonlight butress is the one of the left:
This is the famous Chris Sharma ledge from the movie King Lines:
Before leaving Zion we took Keith on a rock climbing mission. He kicked aaaaaaaaaaasss!
This is Keith getting ready for Earth day:
Next step on our Journey was to pick up Nomads dad at some prearranged desert airport in the middle of nowhere. This was all James Bond style and highly suspicious.
We drove on into Moab, Utah, which is some sort of paradise for wackos, with the 4 Wheel driving and the hiking and the mountain bike riding and the rafting and the climbing.
Nomads Dad treated us to a number of resturant dinners and even a hotel room while he was with us. We had showers and real food which was an extreme luxury. Thanks for looking after us John. We enjoyed your company and the car felt empty after you were gone.
On a random note, Polygamy is a common practice in Utah and they have a beer to tribute it.
Nomads Dad brought this insane camera lense to get the shot. In the background is Castlton tower. "Pretty Speccy!!" This accent of this dessert tower was to be our next El Cap preperation. This tower seems to be some sort of joyous famous place where they like to flim Chevy car adds, Metallica music videos and Red Bull base jumping. This tower features a number of large old school style chimneys which is a climbing style we are not used to at all and would need to master in order to conquer El Cap. A Chimney is literally like a chimney in a fire place. You grunge your way up by squeezing your body and pressing your feet outwards. Can be very awkward and messy.
Below our some beautiful purple desert flowers. I ( Chris Beric ) found these flowers in the middle of nowhere at the base of Castlon Tower. Sadly my Nanna just passed away from cancer. Her favourite color was purple and these flowers reminded me of her. Like these special flowers, my Nanna brought colour to the world and her memory will carry on forever in my heart.
Below is of one of the amazing Moab Arches.
The final step in our El Cap prep was to learn how to crack climb. This where there are no face holds on the cliff face and there is just a crack to negotiate with. You put your hands and feet in the crack and twist them to lock them in place and "create a hold". This can hurt a lot and hand tape is useful. We went to Indian creek for this. This place is word renowned for amazing, tough crack climbing.
Now you're probably wondering where all the climbing photos are. Well as per usual we turned them into a video during our last highway drive. This video is below and you may notice it slightly resembles the Metallica film clip for the song "I disappear".
Note we LOVE METALLICA! Metallica kick ass and here is the link to their video if your interested: