Utah Climbing and Falling

Well, not exactly falling, just fall.   We got another snow storm here in the Wasatch Mountains.  This is the third early season snow this year, so I’ve got my hopes up for a great season; and that means lots of photos!

I decided to wake up early (for a weekend) and spend some time in Little Cottonwood Canyon taking photos of the fall leaves, the early snow, and the beautiful river.  I haven’t had a chance to do any autumn photography in Utah, and the season is definitely coming close to an end.  I was a little disappointed with the leaves near the top of the canyon.  I think some of these early freeze cycles make the aspen leaves go from green to brown, and skip over their usual brilliant yellow.  Lower in the canyon, I was able to find some aspen grooves as well as some maple trees that had not been affected by the freezing temperatures.  

Aspen Groove in the Snow.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Maple Leaves in the Snow.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Fall Leaves in the Snow.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Next was the river.  I’ve always been fascinated with the slow exposure photos of moving water.  I’m surprised I don’t make it a point to take more water photos.  This morning I did.  I spent a few hours seeking out good angles that would capture the fall leaves, as well as the flowing water and new fresh snow.  Unfortunately, the photos that turned out the best were without the new snow. I think they would have looked great with the snow, but I was just moving too slow and the new snow melted in the lower portions of the canyon.
Little Cottonwood River in the Fall.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Little Cottonwood River in the Fall.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

Little Cottonwood River in the Fall.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

So I was feeling pretty good about all the photos I had taken.  Recently, the rest of my life has been busy enough that photography, or at least actively going out and shooting, has had to take a back seat.  It was really fun getting out and having about 4 hours to shoot photos.  But to make the day even better, we went down to Rock Canyon near Provo to climb at the Superbowl Wall.  This is a great south facing cliff which makes for perfect winter conditions.  It was probably no more than 50 degrees, and we were climbing in t-shirts.  Here’s a shot of Ericka Prechtel on “The Higher, Harder One”, which in the book is 5.11b/c, but it was extended, with a rating of 5.12b.  Just a bit harder. 

Photo of Ericka Prechtel climbing in Rock Canyon.  Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

And your reward for a hard day of climbing?  A beautiful sunset over Utah Lake.  It makes you forget that it’s just a shallow muddy pool of polluted water.

Photo of Utah Lake at Sunset. Copyright Nate Young and Crux Photo.

~ by cruxphoto on October 8, 2007.

4 Responses to “Utah Climbing and Falling”

  1. i am green with envy! great pics!!

  2. Great post. I have never been excited to climb in Rock Canyon, but I will definitely check it out now that you posted that pic. Plus… the shot of the sunset over Utah Lake is phenomenal. Thanks for posting.

  3. Rock Canyon is hit and miss. This was only my second trip down there. I think for most of the canyon, it’s good for a day of “adventure” climbing. But the Superbowl was really fun and a great workout. We’ll definitely be going back! Let me know when you’re going and I could even join you.

  4. The contrast between the snow and the colorful fall leafs is awesome Nate, the stream shots are amazing as well, great work.

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