St. George, Utah |Hiking Climbing, Backpacking, & Mountain Biking

It is going to be hard to fit all of the crazy awesome things we did in St. George into just one blog post, but I am going to try. So as a warning, this one is gonna be a little lengthy. Also, there will be quite a few more St. George videos to follow. We simply loved it and created some fantastic memories.

When we arrived in St. George, Utah it was very cloudy and rainy. But we had high hopes that the weather would clear up and we would have the opportunity to do some climbing on sandstone. You can not climb sandstone after a rain because it could crumble. While we were waiting for it to dry out we really enjoyed the town of St. George. They had everything we could want as far as big box stores but the best part was that the grocery store, called Smith’s, is owned by Kroger. I knew where everything was and it felt like we  were home in Indy, just with a way better view. We were also able to get some Amazon deliveries.

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Little Petroglyphs boondocking BLM site

The boondocking site we ended up at was on the north side of town and had some amazing petroglyphs. I had never seen anything like that before! It was super interesting!

It was great that we were able to find some climbing routes where the rock was actually hardened lava so we were able to do some climbing on that while waiting for the sandstone to dry out. We spent a lot of time at the Black Rocks and we concurred our hardest rated routes each. Gerrit was able to complete a route rated at 5.10+ and I did one that was 5.9. We were doing things more like 5.6 t0 5.8 so it was a great accomplishment. It’s amazing how far we’ve come in such a short amount of time!

Finally, on Friday we had the chance to climb some sandstone and we even did our first multi pitch. On the north end of St. George there is some BLM land with a huge wall called the Prophesy Wall. There, we completed our first multi pitch route and it was on sandstone. It was so amazing to be 200 feet high but also terrifying. The first time we did it the GoPro SD card filled up so we made it a point to return to get it all on video. We were also able to boondock there.

Steve and Tess met us at our boondocking spot that first weekend. We braved the cold to go backpacking. It was a 17 mile round trip hiking on a river bed but the canyon was beautiful.  It was a great experience and we learned so much about what to bring, how to pack light, and how to stay safe. We had so much fun and the dogs did too!

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We had a crazy action packed weekend that I think we’re still recovering from. Steve and Gerrit took that Monday off of work and we went mountain biking for the first time. We rented some great bikes from Red Rock Mountain Bike Co. They had full suspension and a drop post, which was essential for the trail we did. We road the Gooseberry Mesa trail which is a very difficult trail for your first time mountain biking. Mountain biking uses the same rating scale as skiing, with that being said, the trail we road was rated as black diamond. It was super cold that day as well, it was snowing when we got there but the activity quickly warmed us up and we were shedding layers.

But not gonna lie, we rocked it. Gerrit took to it naturally and I was shocked by my own ability as well. We didn’t get through it with out our fair share of sore muscles or bruises but it was fantastic. We are so hooked and can’t wait to get some bikes of our own! We so enjoyed spending time with Steve and Tess and have made some life long friends for sure! We CAN NOT wait to meet up with them again soon!

We decided to stay another week so we could spend some time in Zion and do some more climbing. We were able to push our tanks for a week and a half but we needed to dump and re-fill so we left our spot and ventured closer to the climbing routes we wanted to do on the BLM land on the north end of St. George.

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A great sunset at our second boondocking site on some BLM land near the Prophesy Wall

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In total, we stayed in St. George for a full two weeks. That is the longest we have stayed anywhere and it was also the first time we didn’t want to leave because there is just so much to do! We absolutely love southern Utah! But that’s not all we got to do.

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I can not say enough wonderful things about Zion National Park. As you all know by now we are not huge into the national parks, because there are so many rules and regulations and they tend to be super touristy. Often times, we have found just as beautiful spots just off the beaten path. However, Zion is magical. It is such a beautiful place and we are so glad to have experienced just a small piece of it.  On our last day in St. George we got up super early, around 5:30 AM, to drive the hour to Zion so we could be one of the first ones to get on the trail. The volume of people who visit the park is so great that there is actually a shuttle system you have to take to enter the main canyon. We got on the shuttle around 7:45 AM and were on the trail at 8:00 AM. There were very few people with us starting out, which was great. The trail we did was called Angel’s Landing and just the day before an older man fell from the top and was killed. There have been a total of 15 people killed either hiking or climbing it, so that was a bit nerve wracking. But we used that as a reminder to be extra careful.

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It was an amazing hike, certainly awe inspiring. We made it to the top with out a problem and felt safe the whole time. There are chains for you to hold on to during the tricky parts, but being rock climbers the height didn’t bother us, and having something to hold on to made us feel safe. It wasn’t windy which was great also.

Once we made it to the top we sat and looked out at all the beautiful creation and just enjoyed being immersed in God’s presence. It was truly a magical hike and high on my list of favorites.

While we are saying good-bye to Utah for now, we will surly be back before ya know it!

Love,

Lindsey, Gerrit, Oakley & Ella

Revelation 4:8

Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “ ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’who was, and is, and is to come.”

 

 

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