Misty Murphy - Reader Blog 5

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Rosie Cahoon on Brewskies (5.12+).

Rosie Cahoon on Brewskies (5.12+).

Overexposure

I am going to take some responsibility for exposing my favorite climbing area to whomever pays attention to my blogs. But climbers... you need to take responsibility for your crap! I just spent this morning writing a letter to the Access Fund about the big stinky problem at the Welcome Springs/Cathedral of southern Utah. Yes, it is true. Climbers are PIGS! Not all of you, of course. But apparently for some of you need "How to take care of your shit 101". Until we get a toilet in this area this is how it will have to be.Here we go. Take notes.

  1. Go for a hike.I know you can feel it coming on, but try to anticipate that it is going to happen. This is not your house, and your toilet isn't just down the hall. Find a nice place AWAY from where people camp.

Ellen Powick getting upside down on Treebeard (5.13c) Wailing Wall/Welcome Springs.

Ellen Powick getting upside down on Treebeard (5.13c) Wailing Wall/Welcome Springs.

  1. Dig a holeSeriously. Is it that hard? You are strong. You sent your project. I know you can dig a hole at least 6 inches deep. Dig even deeper if you can. It will be like a warmup for your arms.

  2. Enough with the rocks!Just covering it up with a rock is not cutting it! Soon every rock in the area will have a little surprise under it. Dig a hole! (please refer to #2)

  3. Take your freakin' paper with youK, your toilet paper isn't going to disintegrate as fast as you think. Pack it out. Use a wipey and put it in a baggy. It's not rocket science. And I don't want to see your TP flying around camp on a windy day...

  4. Cover it up nice niceMy dog is psyched when you can't cover it up properly, but I am not. You are going to get dirty today anyway.

  5. Look up!If you look up and see some bolts above you FIND A NEW SPOT! Geez. 2 routes in one week I found a nice present underneath it. C'mon now!

Clay Cahoon getting the second ascent of Codpiece (5.12+).

Clay Cahoon getting the second ascent of Codpiece (5.12+).

Clay Cahoon and a bird

Clay Cahoon and a bird

Luckily I managed to get some climbing in after standing in horrendous lines for the warmups. Let's all work together people. Let's all take turns now.

Crowds do make for some great pics though. Here are a few from last week at Welcome Springs.

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