9/12/17

Mt Moran Trip Report




Liberty Mountain employee Paul Larkin shares some shots and a gear list from his Teton trip earlier this month.

My good friend Jentry Miskin and I sought out an adventure involving paddling, backpacking, and rock climbing. We found it all in climbing Mt Moran.



Mt Moran is located in Grand Teton National Park and the climb is most easily accessed by paddling a boat through String Lake, a 0.25 mile portage of boat and gear, and then paddling through Leigh Lake to the base of Mt Moran. That is where you start the ~3,000’ vertical hike to the CMC camp at around 9,700’. That was day one.



Day two, summit day, is a steep hike/scramble to the top of Drizzlepuss where you down climb and rappel into the notch between Drizzlepuss and Mt Moran. Then you start the picturesque climb above Falling Glacier overlooking the East and West horns with a view of the Grand Teton to the south.  After reaching the summit at 12,605’, you down climb ~1,000’ feet to the notch, climb up Drizzlepuss, and then hike down to the CMC camp. We took a leisurely approach to the day, got a few naps in, and it took us 14 hours.



Day three is the steep hike down to the lake, paddling, and a portage.

It was such amazing scenery and fun climbing!

Video of summit day from Relive: https://www.relive.cc/view/1133337689
Mt Moran CMC Route on Mountain Project: https://www.mountainproject.com/v/cmc-route/105823529



Paddling Gear: 



Climbing Gear:

Cypher Logic Approach Shoes 
Cypher Sentinel Climbing Shoes 
Grivel 30 L Zen Backpack 
Singing Rock Penta Helmet 

Backpacking Gear:

Petzl Reactik + Headlamp 
Camelbak Crux 3 L Reservoir 
Swiftwick Pursuit Four Socks 
Mega Cap Jungle Boonie Hat with Snap Brim Hat 
Terramar Men's Pro Mesh Jersey Boxer Briefs 
Black Diamond Alpine FLZ Z-Poles 
Aloe Gator Lotion Sunblock 
TomTom Adventurer Cardio+ Watch 
Garmin Vivoactive GPS Watch 


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8/15/17

Trip Report: Neon Canyon


During the first weekend in July I was given an impromptu invite to go down to the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument to descend Neon Canyon. Neon is a beautiful sandstone gorge that starts deep in the canyon country of Escalante and finishes spectacularly with a drop through triple arches into the Golden Cathedral, an amazing room with curved walls.  The highlight of the room is a ceiling of arches and light reflections that dances off the water. The cathedral itself is awesome enough that most visitors to the canyon are only going to see the room without ever venturing into the slot canyon above.



Our morning started late by canyoneering standards due to a late-night drive but we were on the trail by 8:30. The hike into the canyon is a very easy descent given that fact that we are plowing straight down slick rock slopes.  We knew that this was going to make the exit very miserable in the July heat. 



We reach the Escalante River and hike past Native American Petroglyphs on the walls of the canyon. Once we reach Neon canyon we hike along the rim until we reach our entry point.

The canyon is fairly dry and most obstacles are easily by passed.  We took our time in the canyon not wanting to skip an opportunity to practice our keeper-pot escape skills.



As we get closer to the golden cathedral we are finding more water and begin having to swim through some of the final pot holes.






The final obstacle is an 80 foot rappel through the sandstone arches into the cathedral.  The perfect encore to a remarkable canyon.





We spend time enjoying the Golden Cathedral in all its glory and prepare for the three-hour ascent out of the desert bottom in afternoon temperature.  The hike out is long and taxing and uses up all of our remaining water but is worth every bit of it.




My Gear List:

Camelback Crux Reservoir 3l Great for hydration on the go. Just remember to make sure you put the bite in your mouth when you enter a nasty pot hole of water and filth.
Nalgene Wide Mouth Canteen 32 oz. Great because is rolls up small for packing once the water is used up and I have yet to puncture one.
Overboard Pro-Light Clear Tube  I like the flexibly and pliability of the TPU. The bag stretchy and making it easy to take camera bags in and out without much trouble.
Five Ten Guide Tennie My go to canyoneering shoe.  The climbing rubber soles are perfect for canyon environments.  I also size my shoes so that I can get a neoprene sock in it.
Edelweiss Canyon rope 9.6mm x 200’ The water retreatment keeps your rope from becoming water logged.  
Grivel TAU Wire Lock  As much as I like the twin gate carabiners for sandy canyon environments this may become my new favorite as it does not require that I retrain my hands to a new carabiner opening sequence.
Kong OKA Multi Descender  Easy to add friction on the fly, a must for skinny canyoneering ropes.
Singing Rock Garnet Harness My dedicated canyoneering harness, not too bulky but beefy enough to handle the abuse of sandstone rock.
Cypher 3 Stripe Tubular Webbing I always take 50 ft of webbing. Great for using as a handline when down climbing and for building anchors


Christian Weaver is a father of five, canyoneer, and business analyst at Liberty Mountain.
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7/13/17

Trip Report: West Slabs of Mt. Olympus






Mt. Olympus, West Slabs and both Summits on July 4, 2017 
Location: Wasatch Mountain Range, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Trip Report by Liberty Mountain Employee Paul Larkin 

My good friend Braden Jenkins and I got off to an early 4:21am start in the darkness. After hiking in headlamps for 1.5 hours, we arrived at the start of the climb at dawn. The wall was intimidating, around 500 feet wide with endless variationsWe decided to free solo (no rope) the 1,500 or so vertical feet of climbing. It's rated at 5.5 and for more comfort people should consider roping up on this exposed climb as falling would have serious consequences. We enjoyed the freedom and speed of climbing ropeless. The first rays of sunlight hit us about three quarters way up the climb, a great way to watch a sunrise! 











The West Slabs climb goes up the rock face shown in the right side of this photo

After achieving the ridge of the north summit, we scrambled east up the ridge and made it to the proper north summit of Mount Olympus. From there we did some route finding and down climbed to the saddle between the north and south summits. We then climbed up a gulley up to the ridge of the south summit where we met up with the trail that originates at Pete's rock and followed it up to the true north summit at 9,026 feet. We took a rest break in the shade and snapped some summit photos. From there we took the trail down 4,100 vertical feet in the 100 degree Fahrenheit weather. It was a great way to spend America's Independence Day. 






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