The Joshua Tree Thanksgiving, A large helping of Humble Pie

It was late December 2008 and I had just been invited on a trip to escape the Seattle monsoon season for my first dedicated climbing trip outside the NW. In only my second year climbing I was addicted. Each weekend the summer prior, I escaped the concrete jungle to scale snowy and rocky peaks in the NW. Climbing over 12 technical summits and along the way I learned trad, completed the mountaineers intermediate course and was on my way to leading trips of my own. When I showed up in J-Tree I was in awe of the unique granite blobs and vast desert landscape. We started out on 5.3 and 5.5. routes and they proved more sustained than our typical alpine route. As the days continued we set our s

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