Missed You Summer!

Summer’s here!  I think it may be safe to say that summer has finally made it to Wyoming :D.  At camp, it was in the 80’s during the day and 50’s at night.

This weekend in the canyon was the first warm one, without any freezing body parts at night, no desparately trying to stay as close to the camp fire as possible, and while climbing there was no snatching up of the gear and running from the wall as soon as the shade took the place of the sun (I’m a huge wuss about the cold in the spring).  We were actually looking for shade to climb in this weekend! 


This weekend I on sighted (leading a route without falling and without ever having climbed it before) my first route ever.  Awesomeness.  It was a 5.9, a medium grade.  Here are a few pics.

Starting to Clip


Getting to the Next Bolt

Then I top roped a 5.10 cleanly that I’d done last summer.  I got brave and attempted to lead it, but didn’t quite get there and took my first big fall.  It was a pretty decent whipper (about 10-15 feet) since I hadn’t made it over to the bolt line yet…

Climbing Up the Edge of the Slab

Clipping the 3rd Bolt

Traversing Over to the Bolt Line


Take a Deep Breath (or Two ;))

 Here’s my second attempt, where I was able to clip the next bolt, but I guess the camera ran out of juice :(.

Successful Second Attempt

Yeah, so I did get up to that next bolt, but going for the 5th bolt, I took another fall and twisted my ankle pretty bad.  Game over :(.  Oh well, it was a great day and I’m sure my ankle will be better by next weekend!


Now before I get into the camp food, I would like to introduce you to our herd all of the dogs at camp.  You will be seeing them frequently!  You know this one of course…


Then, there’s Ox, a Mastiff.  The dog is huge.

This is Smoke.  He lives for playing fetch with sticks.  He’s making this face because he wants me to stop taking pictures and throw his stick already :).


Here is the boxer duo, Axle and Hunna.  They’re inseparable.

And then there are the camp leaders.  Mike’s dogs definitely rule the roost ;).

White Dog


Dr. Stony


And now, what most of you have probably been wondering if I’d ever get to ;).  The food.  Smoke’s family has an awesome BBQ set up that we use most of the time, but when Axle and Hunna’s provider feels motivated, he whips out the dutch oven!  There’s the pineapple upside down cake that we had the first night.

It’s canned pineapple topped with yellow cake batter.

In the morning he made bacon and eggs and peppers so we could build some mountain burritos.  Mountain burritos are a necessity at camp and will be making frequent appearances! 

The bacon does not cooked quickly in the dutch oven, so we threw it onto the BBQ while the eggs cooked, so that we could eat before noon!

Mountain burrito with hot sauce.

Dinner was elk burgers that I threw together at home and toted along with some dogs and cheddar brats that Rick donated to the cause.

I put diced onion and peppers, garlic, a good helping of worchestire sauce, and some grill seasoning into the patties.  I added an egg to help hold the burgers together, since the peppers and onions plus the leaness of the elk meat can cause them to fall apart pretty easily. 

Top with cheese, ketchup, mustard, and onions and throw ‘er on a thin bun!

Camp Elk Burger Heaven 😀

I also had a pile of spinach with some bottled poppy seed dressing that wasn’t around long enough to be photographed :P.

On the way home on Sunday, I had a Coconut Acai Pranabar

love these.  A little pricey at $2.59 a pop, but totally worth keeping a few around.  I mean look at the ingredients list.  It’s real food :D.

I’m off to enjoy my Monday off now.  And by enjoy, I mean do chores that have been put off for way too long now!  See you tonight for a normal food post!


4 Responses

  1. I love elk burgers! I had one for the first time in NYC and they are pretty much amazing 🙂

  2. Yummm! I love camp food. For some reason, food roasted over a campfire ALWAYS tastes better. Also, awesome rock climbing pics! I’m soooooooo impressed!

  3. Great climbing pics! I can’t believe I haven’t been out yet this year or camping- maybe this weekend 🙂 Your post really made me ready to spend time outdoors!

  4. Wow!! Impressive climbing!!! The dogs are sooooo cute…tha tlooks like so much fun! The boxer with the white fur on the neck looks like Dakota =)

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