Peak(s):  Desert Summits - 8,000 feet
Post Date:  04/04/2011
Modified:  02/20/2014
Date Climbed:   03/26/2011
Posted By:  Brian C
Additional Members:   Jen C

 There is a Hole in the Middle of the Sea   

This is a sampler from a report I wrote on my website.

I hope you check it out here.

There is a Hole in the Middle of the Sea

a.k.a. Got Sand in Your Teeth?

3/26/11 - 3/31/11

Independence Monument
(5.9) - Colorado National Monument, CO
Elephant Butte (5.3) - Arches National Park, UT
The Happy Turk aka Devil's Golfball (C0) - Kane Creek, UT
Pensive Putterman (5.3 C1) - Kane Creek, UT
South Sixshooter (attempt 5.9) - Indian Creek, UT
Mexican Hat (C0) - Mexican Hat, UT
Cabezon Peak (4th Class) - Jemez Indian Reservation, NM

Summit pitch of Independence Monument

Time Tunnel

Starting up Elephant Butte

Summit of Elephant Butte


The Happy Turk in Kane Creek, UT

Pensive Putterman in Kane Creek, UT

Image #8 (not yet uploaded)

North Sixshooter

Gooseneck Statepark, UT

Image #11 (not yet uploaded)

Leading bandito route

Mexican Hat, UT with ice-scraper stickclip in-hand

Ship Rock, NM

Summit slope of Cabezon Peak, NM

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

  • Comments or Questions

good timing     04/04/2011 14:31
Thanks for the well timed report (and informative as well as nice shots to capture your desert journey). Interesting beta on 6 Shooter and good to know. I'm 110% sure I cannot lead 5.10 trad, much less any trad worth noting. Its trips like these that get you excited about quitting your job and living out of your car for a prolonged period of time. Utah is the greatest!


Big Head     04/04/2011 18:36
Cabezon will always be one of my favorites, that is, when the wind is low enough to stand up on its summit.
As Brian Helmut says, this is timely, as a trip to Utah looms, and Elephant Butte/S. Six Shooter have been on the brain lately. Thanks.


Nice !     04/04/2011 20:22
After seeing your desert climb pictures, I'm wondering how I'm going to wait until May to get my ”Utah fix”. Your report brings back great memories of my climb up Elephant Butte in October. I think I'll be visiting that summit on a regular basis.

PS - That darn cold puddle before the last rappel on EB was also there last October.


Dude.     04/04/2011 21:41
I love desert towers..........

Nice shot of the old Ship Rock and Happy Turk!

Ice scraper as a stick clip? That's creative! I've always taped two trekking poles together. It does not work to well.
Well done both of you! Great pictures as well!

Looking forward to our little trip

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