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Joshua tree climbing and star watching

On Saturday November 10th 2007 me Lumme and Lary went to Joshua tree national park late in the evening. We arrived past 11PM. JT is about 170miles from my home in Playa Del Rey. In the evening we watched stars and comets through a 4.5 inch Newtonian telescope that LAry brought with him. We watched Holmes comet which just exploded - its honey comb like structure collapsed and exposed icy interior which evaporated quickly and created a huge ball of gas visible with naked eye. I have taken pictures which you can magnify to see the white blob. In the morning we started a bit late at around 10AM. Took us around an hour to find the rock to climb. Then Lary began to climb using traditional method. After another hour or so with slow progress I went around and found class 3/4 back route to the top. We setup an anchor system and repelled down. After lunch we went climbing again. Lumme went first and climbed to the top. I went second and since I am not as good could not finish before it was too dark. Climbing a crack is rather hard and I need to get over the idea of having a tiny foot hold to hold me on the rock. Maybe it will go away with more practice. On our return to LA we had a dinner at a Chinese restaurant courtesy of Lary - this was very nice of him to offer us dinner.

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telescope we used to watch the sky
telescope we used to watch the sky
view on JT from the rock
view on JT from the rock
my car and rock formations
my car and rock formations
starts are sometimes easy
starts are sometimes easy
lumme rappels down
lumme rappels down
many Joshua trees in the park
many Joshua trees in the park
later on its a bit harder
later on its a bit harder
lumme at the top
lumme at the top
in the crack as nigh falls
in the crack as nigh falls
lary in the crack leading
lary in the crack leading
dark star over JT
dark star over JT
happy Lumme on they way down
happy Lumme on they way down
blue Jay drinking water 1
blue Jay drinking water 1
blue Jay drinking water 2
blue Jay drinking water 2
big JT in the park
big JT in the park
Lumme
Lumme
Lary climbing
Lary climbing
Lumme on belay
Lumme on belay
JTs in the park
JTs in the park
Larry and Lumme
Larry and Lumme
Holmes Comet picture at 16sec exposure
Holmes Comet picture at 16sec exposure
JTs in the park 2
JTs in the park 2
   

Album created on 2007-11-12 and last updated on 2007-11-12