Professional Photographer Mai Duong, the most enthusiastic photographer you will ever meet.

TGS at Joe’s Valley

Last April (I know… long ago), we drove to Utah (yes, from Portland) to go climbing at Joe’s Valley.  It was… cold.  We were only going to be there for four days, 3 of which were forecasted for snow/rain.  However, we were meeting with a large group of friends, all of whom were hellbent on going (“it’s the desert, it doesn’t snow!”), so we hopped in the car and headed 14 hours towards the boulders and clouds.  Sure enough, 3 out of 4 of the days, there was snow, rain, and even pellets of hard snow (not hail, I’ve forgetten the word). Regardless of the less than ideal weather, the trip was amazing.  There was still good climbing everywhere and great friends to climb with. We shrugged at the weather (“what can you do?”), made gourmet breakfasts on skillets and “hobo grills”, and even celebrated Easter with an Easter egg hunt.

Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos

Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos

Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos

It really was snowing.  The pictures I took (while standing out in the snow) are my favorite from the trip.  There really was nothing that was going to stop us from climbing.

Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos

Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos

To avoid the snow and rain, we opted to go to Triassic for two of the days, another outdoor climbing area that was a 45 minute car ride away.

Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos

Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos

Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos

Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos

Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos

Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos

Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos

Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos

Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos

Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos

Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos

Also, you can’t have a climbing trip without climbing dogs! Here are our mascots from the weekend.

Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos

Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos Joe's Valley Rock Climbing Photos

If you follow my photography at all, you’ll also notice that several of these photos are not my normal “style.”  I’ve been playing around with an idea for awhile, and this is the halfway point, a visual warm up, so to speak.  Let me know what you think, I would like your (brutally honest) opinion.

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