Making Driving Exciting – Day Six

You can’t have a road trip without having travel days. It turns out to be of very little interest crossing most of Nevada and Utah. While pretty, it becomes monotonous rather quickly. To pass the time as we drove from Reno to Salt Lake City, I decided to let the driver drive and I took [...]

You can’t have a road trip without having travel days. It turns out to be of very little interest crossing most of Nevada and Utah. While pretty, it becomes monotonous rather quickly. To pass the time as we drove from Reno to Salt Lake City, I decided to let the driver drive and I took a photo every hour. Turns out, the majority of the images verify the lackluster appeal of this drive.

Originally, we had planned to make a straight shot for Grand Teton NP, but decided to make a pit stop in the Uintas of which we heard there was awesome sport climbing. The problem here was that neither one of us had any knowledge of the Uinta Mountains. Problem solved: with about ten hours on the road, and five minutes on the hour every hour taking photos there was plenty of time to call every climbing shop in the Salt Lake City area to track down the seemingly last available guide book, Uinta Rock. Thank you Black Diamond Equipment!

Guidebook in hand, plus an additional hour of driving we arrived in Kamas (the last developed town before heading into the Uinta Mountains). At this point my climbing partner’s sore throat he had been battling/hiding developed into a full-fledged cold, neutralizing the control freak and leaving me in charge of EVERYTHING. Tomorrow should be interesting.

Photo-an-Hour Project:

Road Trip Life Lesson: Thinking a 20-piece chicken mcnugget order at McDonalds would cost effectively satisfy my protein cravings for the day. Error realized somewhere around piece one.

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Ilana is a native of Southern California. She is an accomplished rock and ice climber and is the brains behind Thrillseekers Anonymous. Currently residing in Colorado, she is a Registered Surgical/Trauma Nurse, who can be found leading her own adventures on days off. Ilana is a sponsored athlete with GoMacro, WoolX, and an Arcteryx Denver ambassador. She has been featured in various media outlets including the February 2015 issue of ‘Climbing’ magazine, December 2013 issue of ‘Rock and Ice’ magazine, December/January 2013 issue of ‘Gripped Climbing’ magazine, Canyoneering: A Guide to Techniques for Wet and Dry Canyons (How To Climb Series) by Dave Black and Pasadena Magazine as well as a Climbing Expert on MTV’s Parental Control (Season 7 – “Heather”).

Ilana has written 111 articles for Thrillseekers Anonymous.

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