A Day at Alabama Hills

Where: Alabama Hills, Sierra Nevada, California
When: October 2006
Partners: Rick Kent
Routes: Nut 'N' Honey (5.7), The Burnt Penis (5.7) & The Shark's Fin Arete (5.7)

The Burnt Penis

The day after Rick and I completed a brutal 15+-hour dayhike involving more than 10,000 feet of elevation gain over largely cross-country terrain, we opted for something light to occupy us. Alabama Hills seemed the perfect fit!
On the summit of The Burnt Penis

Although I'd driven by Alabama Hills X-number of times before, I'd never actually stopped to climb something. I'm glad I finally did! The climbing is fine, and the setting sublime.
The Shark's Fin, with the Shark's Fin Arete on the right skyline

Of the three short climbs we did that leisurely day, The Shark's Fin Arete was certainly the best. Shark's Fin, though a cool name for a climbing feature, was naturally trumped by another nearby feature called The Burnt Penis.
What a backdrop!

Borrowed photos courtesy of Rick Kent