On June 18, we drove to our second climbing destination City of Rocks in southern Idaho. It has granite cliffs in the middle of nowhere, with farmland on one side, mountains on the other.
Being the cheapskates we are, we searched for free camping on BLM land. Luckily, most of the national preserve was surrounded by BLM. The initial problem was finding an area that had a pull out or space to park. At first we only drove through areas with a road, nowhere to park, or we would have had a herd of cattle as our neighbor.
Luckily, after more searching, we found an ill-maintained rocky road that drove up into an area with dispersed camping (camping that doesn’t have bathrooms, water pumps, or other things you’d find at a pay campsite).
The next day we set out to climb.
An eventful morning saw a rattlesnake come within feet of our dog, Amp, we hiked with some friendly climbers from Montana, and climbed on granite for the first time since last summer.
The summer heat at City of Rocks had a searching for another climbing area in Idaho. Research on Mountain Project, a free rock climbing website complete with routes, led us outside of Twin Falls, Idaho to climb at Dierkes Lake.
Dierkes Lake is located right next to Shoshone Falls, where Evil Knievel jumped the Snake River canyon in the 70’s.
Unfortunately, it was even hotter in Twin Falls, hitting above 90 degrees. Amp ended up with heat exhaustion from walking on the hot concrete and to scope out climbing. As often as we walked right next to grass or dirt, he kept walking on the blacktop or sidewalks. Luckily after finding a cool park to hang out in, he recuperated and was back to normal by the next day.
The next few days were a combination of climbing, slacklining at the park, and working on grad school papers on coffee shop patios. Tory and I are both are completing the final paper for our Master’s in Education this summer, so decided to take advantage of town being so close to climbing.