The missus and I headed down for some bouldering in Moe’s Valley this Thanksgiving weekend. The mornings were cold and the middays and afternoons just right, bordering on too warm. For much of the day, the naked sun created a sharp contrast in the scrubby desert landscape that lent itself nicely to black-and-white imagery. Here, a little gallery following Kristin (and our dog Pebble) through a day at the boulders. Did you get out this Thanksgiving weekend?
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To access the main parking area for Moe’s Valley bouldering, you drive along a paved road, past a middle school and some pop-up housing. The road dead ends into a rocky, sandy valley of desert scrub. Turn left and head up and over the hill into a wide bowl, where the sandstone boulders live.
The Sentinel Area at Moe’s is home to a several large boulders, including the eponymous Sentinel Boulder (pictured at left) and two long boulders called the Duality and Pack Rat boulders.
Navigating corridors. Even on a late-November day, we had to seek shade at Moe’s to stay cool.
The pre-climb ritual: arrange pads, change shoes, chalk hands…
…and climb. The backside of the Duality and Pack Rat boulders have a ton of moderate climbs.
Feels good to be on top.
Heading towards the Teepee Area. Downtown St. George is hidden just behind the hillside on the left side of this image.
The Monkey Boy Boulder is one of Moe’s most popular blocs, with well over a dozen problems ranging from V1 to V10. Here, a crew spots a climber on Broken Symmetry (V4). Another party stands next to Underboy (V4) in the background.
The sandstone of Moe’s takes on many interesting textures and formations.
Skin is blasted; time to head out for some food.
After a long day of climbing, it’s important to have a solid recovery meal. Five Guys, in St. George, offers meals rich in vitamins S, G, K, and M (Salt, Grease, Ketchup, and Mustard).
A few info sources on Moe’s Valley bouldering: