We all packed up to get ready to go. We set out later than expected and half of us got a head start on the trail and we met up at the cabin campsite on Grey Rock. The weather radar mentioned a little rain but we didn’t worry at all about it until we started to settle in. It started raining and two members of our party didn’t have good rain gear. Our shelter was not efficient enough for the weather and the amount of people we had. Eventually, Carly and Kristen ended up deciding to go back down to the cars and leave. Jordon hiked/ran down with them to get another tarp and make sure they made it down safe.
After the girls and Jordon left the rain stopped but it still hindered Jordon’s journey since he came back with boots that looked as if he submerged them in water. In the end, Jordon, Luke, Tom, and Tara remained and slept through the night to climb Grey Rock the next day.
Morning hit and we ventured to the base of the climb. It took us a while to determine which route we should climb but once we figured it out, we geared up Luke to start the ascend. The climb worked in two teams. First Luke climbed up to set the friends and then Jordon followed him leaving the gear but removing the rope. The next was Tom and Tara. Tom led the next climb up and Tara cleaned up and removed the gear. The climb was such a rush and the view was absolutely beautiful. Luke found this incredible spot for lunch on the side of the mountain. This was one of the best lunch spots you could ever imagine. The feeling of being on the side of a mountain is both exhilarating and peaceful, just make sure you don’t look down when doing this.
The last part of the climb was very simple and it even got to the point where we could just free climb to the top without a second thought about needing a rope or harness. When at the top, it was extremely windy and starting to get dark. Tom and Tara weren’t very smart about bringing their hiking boots up the top with them and had to hike down to were our stuff remained. Eventually we got all our stuff together and hiked back to the cars in the dark.
At the end of the day we were all dehydrated and tired. It ended on a great note when we stopped at Taco Bell since we all were craving it the night before on the mountain.