Rock climbing reaches biblical heights

Megan Dempsey, left climber in black pants, and Cozeth Sykes, right climber, start up different routes on the Zen Garden Wall in Maple Canyon, Utah on Friday. The group drove down from Idaho Falls to enjoy some of the hundreds of rock climbing routes in the canyon. (Photo by Jerry Painter)

The rock climbing route was called the Thessalonian Buttress. I’m assuming it was named after the epistle the Apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians. While not necessarily a journey of spiritual discovery, this 300-foot-tall, three-pitch vertical climb in Maple Canyon, Utah, was an eye-opener.

Listening for rattlers at a new climbing area

Taylor Carpenter of Idaho Falls climbs a basalt rock wall at a new climbing area called Teddy Bear Cove not far from the Massacre Rocks climbing area west of American Falls. This new area boasts easier access, than the Massacre Rocks area and is mostly on state land. (Jerry Painter photo)

He was about 30 feet up a vertical rock wall Saturday when rock climbing friend Tanner Pursley suddenly yelped and said, “TAKE!” It was unexpected because he was climbing a relatively easy route.

Riding soggy southern Utah

Jerry Painter, left, and Tim Painter pose for a photo at the photo booth provided at the end of the Tour de St. George spring century ride on Saturday in downtown St. George, Utah. The background is fake courtesy of a blue screen. Those are not freckles on Jerry's face, but mud splatters courtesy of 30-miles of rain-soaked roads. (Courtesy of Jerry Painter)

I was talking to my Dad about the weather on Saturday with a bit of concern. A group of us were preparing to ride most of the next day in the Tour de St. George, and the weather was on our minds.

Twin Falls’ Dierkes Lake worth the drive

A rock climber works an overhung route at The Alcove wall near Dierkes Lake in Twin Falls on Saturday. The lake area is park of a city park that includes the overlook of Shoshone Falls. (Jerry Painter photo)

Saturday was one of those unusual Idaho spring days when the stars aligned, the clouds parted and the temperatures warmed up enough to allow some outside fun.

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