Sep 23, 2010

Pocatello Pump and City of Rocks

What? Fisher fell into a cave?

Ben Eaton (age 27), Jennilyn (age 23), Indiana (age 4), and Fisher (age 2) have only been on the road for 7 days and already have a handful of stories to tell.

Pocatello Pump - Pocatello, ID
On Sept 17, we handed in our apartment keys to our landlord, put the last couple of items in our storage unit and exited Ogden, UT. Our first destination was Pocatello, Idaho. I (Ben) participated in the Pocatello Pump climbing comp. It was a fun two days of climbing. I got to do the whole comp with Sam Perkins. He gave me some great motivation to climb hard. And I am happy to announce that I took third place in my division.

Pocatello Pump Shirt

Basecamp #1 (We loved sleeping so close to train tracks.)

Indy and Fishers First Night on their new bed.

While daddy was climbing...Indy was peeing in front of everyone.

City of Rocks - Almo, ID
After the competition was done and all the free stuff was given out, we headed west for City of Rocks. This heaven of slabby granite is located just outside of Almo, ID. As we neared Almo that night, we were tempted to just top at a motel to sleep. But the two places we stopped at were either full or supposedly closed. So instead of getting real comfortable, we spent the night on the side of a road within some BLM land. We emptied out the van of all the tubs, threw the boys on top of the padded bed that we built inside and Jennilyn and I slept underneath the bed. We just needed to make sure that the back door didn’t completely close, or else we’d be locked in and dependent on one of the boys getting us out. (You’d have to see our set up to understand how one could get trapped under the van-bed.)

Now we have our complete base camp set up at Site 30 inside the City of Rocks National Reserve. This is our home from Sept 20-Oct 3. We actually have a pretty nice set up. Jennilyn and I sleep in a four-man tent with a queen-size foam pad that is 3 inches thick. No sleeping bags, just a down comforter. The boys sleep on the van-bed that sits 19 inches off the floor of the van, along with a 3-inch foam pad. We cook and eat under our shade shelter that houses the tables, propane stove and all of our supplies.

Jennilyn has been making some real good food lately. She definitely knows how to make camping amazing with her special entrees. But better than cooking, she’s been doing some amazing things while climbing. I can definitely see the skill and strength that she has in her climbing. She is very skilled in trad climbing. I am grateful to have her train me as I venture into the realm of trad, after so many year of just sport climbing.

So far we have climbed at Bath Rock, Building Blocks, and the Bread Loaves. I’ve been very happy with the routes that we have selected to do so far. Building Blocks was an area that we had yet to climb at. I really enjoyed the routes there. Indy and Fisher did really well hiking into that area. Fisher amazed us after he hiked the whole way in. He’s two year’s old. I though he would have bonked within the first 10 min.

As I attempted and failed the route called Impotence at Decadent Wall, Fisher happened to fall down into a small cave. Jennilyn was the savior on that epic incident. Luckily he only got scraped up on his side. No blood.

The boys are really enjoying the wild life here. Indy got to see two bucks and one doe as we pushed him and Fisher in the stroller during an evening run. Indy told me that he and Fisher saw another deer near our camp while they played in the van this morning. Fisher said that he saw a mouse as well. Indy got excited when he saw a huge jackrabbit jump out of the sagebrush while we ate breakfast.

Fisher gearing up to climb the rock.

Jennilyn rapping off of Acid Rain on Building Blocks in City of Rocks.

Indy ready to climb and plug a piece of gear.

Fisher ready to climb and wondering what that yellow thing is on his harness.

This is what the boys do while mommy and daddy climb.

School-time in the tent.

Life is good……stay tuned.

7 comments:

  1. I'm impressed by the vagabond trip you have planned. Good on you guys for taking the chance to do it! Seriously, it's awesome that you're going with your whole family.

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  2. I am so glad life is fun!! You guys are doing well and things are turning out. Congrats! WE love you guys and think of all of you often. Steph had her baby. What an excitement!! I was there for the birth to help her, while Alex stepped out and missed it! Maybe next time. She did a great job, even though baby was face up.

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  3. Yay! I was just going to ask if you would start a blog or email me with more details. Sounds like you are all having an amzing time (minus the scare with Indy and the cave). Keep us informed! And Jennilyn should be writing a camping cookbook too (take lots of process photos).

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  4. I would like to request a picture of the van-bed! We are loving this whole adventure of yours. All these city folk I work with think you are crazy. Perhaps you are a bit, but there's a lot more to life than steel skyscrapers and manicured flower beds. Those of us that know what true life is about are truly jealous. Have fun, be safe!

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  5. Whay re there no pictures? I want to see the van bed also. And the under the van bed. I also would like to see campsite #30 and the cave. Glad you guys are having fun!

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  6. We are happy that things are going well for you. Christopher and Adam miss you Ben, and the bean game nights are taking off every Sunday so far. We think about your family often and hope all is well. Give Christopher a call we would love to hear more of the adventures and schwag you guys got.

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  7. I love the car bed! Where the heck was that thing when *I* was a kid? I would've LOVED camping in something like that!!! I bet those boys of yours will be cherishing camp bed memories of that thing for years to come! Enjoy! :)

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