I left Red Rocks last Monday morning and drove to Saint George in Southwest Utah. The area is called Moe’s Valley. It is located in this huge boulder field on the edge of town. I spent a couple hours working on few different boulders with everything from V0′s to V4′s amongst them. It was fun, but really hot, it got up to 89 that day. The rock was getting pretty hot and hard to hold onto so I called it a day. On my way back through town, I came a across a driving range so I stopped by and hit a bucket of balls. This was the first time in a couple of years I have swung a golf club so it was a little rough. I was hooking the ball like crazy for the first half of the bucket until I remembered my swing and left feeling pretty good considering I hadn’t played in forever. Here a couple of the pictures:
After Moe’s Valley, I drove up to Salt Lake City to visit a friend and explore the city. Salt Lake City was awesome, but what was not awesome was that when I woke up on Tuesday my back was killing me, it had been doing so well since my back and neck got jacked up again in December when I was rear-ended. So I took some time to work on myself and break from climbing. I got a great massage from Massage Envy. It helped a lot and coupled with using my foam roller and massage stick I was able to free my back up. Later on Tuesday I went on a hike in the foothills of the mountains that lookout onto the city, it was pretty cool up there.
Of course, being an Oregon State alum, I had to have my Dead Guy Ale. Wednesday, I decided to check out the field house at the University of Utah. I did some cardio and kettlebells and then I decided to shoot some hoops which lead to playing a couple of pick up games of 2 on 2. The guys seems like undergrads so my guess is that I had 8-10 years on them. Long story short, I played two games, we won both, but unfortunately, I tweaked my left knee at some point. It still hurts occasionally when going up stairs 5 days later. Thursday, however, I was determined to climb so I drove down to Joe’s Valley which is in central Utah near a small town called Orangeville. The bouldering was great, but it was hard to enjoy because my knee was hurting when landing on my crash pad. I only did a few problems, a V0, V1 and V3 on this wide and round looking rock.
Then I moved over to working on a V4 on a higher hanging boulder, but after a few falls my knee was hurting pretty good so I called it a short day and went to check out Joe Valley’s Reservoir. The water was really clear and look like the ocean off a tropical island.
After that, I headed back to Salt Lake because I had an appointment to get a cut and shave from Desert Barbershop. I had never had someone shave my face before and it was amazing! First, he rubbed so oils into my face and put a hot towel over to relax and prep me. After 3 rounds of the hot towel, the shaving cream was added and he used a straight edge blade that almost looked like a knife. If you have never had your face shaved from a barber, I would highly recommend it. It was great and felt awesome! If you are ever in Salt Lake City, check out Deseret Barbershop and ask for Rich, he will hook you up. My last stop was at Smith Rock and that post should be up sometime on Thursdsay.