Mountain Monday: Red Rocks, Polka Dots and Pink Ropes

Is there any better option than the desert in February?

There is something incredible about polka dots in nature. It stops me in my tracks every time!

There is something incredible about polka dots in nature. It stops me in my tracks every time!

In the chilly “winter” season here at my home base on the central coast, I find myself pining for warm weather and dry terra firma. It’s as if the colder weather turns me more and more into a bear – my body slows down, I stock up on some ell-bees and my motivation to get out there and go wanes ever so slightly.

Well, my psyche level turned to an eleven on the psyche meter when I headed just over the California border into Nevada to the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area near Vegas for the long weekend and finally got to climb those one-of-a-kind, beautiful desert rocks.

I came prepared for hellacious traffic with Justin Timberlake and three different books (luckily my partner in crime did not throw me out of the car in Barstow) and off we went to play in the desert.

With so much going on in the connected world, it was so nice to bail for three days, have limited reception and just enjoy the gorgeous rock and incredible landscape (and wild burro, of which we saw four). Perfect daytime temperatures of 72 degrees kept our bodies well motivated each day, and we found ourselves not having enough time to climb all the things we had our eyes on, but swearing to come back.

I discover more and more about my abilities – both mentally and physically – with every experience. This trip was no exception and I am so thankful for the challenges I faced on my new PINK ROPE!

(Stay tuned for more about our adventure at Red Rock …)

​It seems as if there​ is a crazy filter on this photograph with how incredibly unique the rocks are here.

​It seems as if there​ is a crazy filter on this photograph with how incredibly unique the rocks are here.

The rock has such incredible features, little huecos and horns everywhere!  (Although this particular rock would not have been climbed on as it is too fragile).

The rock has such incredible features, little huecos and horns everywhere! (Although this particular rock would not have been climbed on as it is too fragile).


Meg-IndiansMeggan Wenbourne is an avid climber, mountain biker and backpacker who works and plays in Santa Cruz, CA. She spends her time traveling to the mountains as often as possible to get lost in the pine trees and explore the granite rock of the Sierra Nevada range and has recently developed an obsession with the desert and its red rocks. When not away on an adventure, she can be found eating burritos and training at Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, riding amazing trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains or nestled away in her cozy tiny house with cookies and adventure reading.

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