The first time I saw Bell Rock of Sedona, AZ, I wanted to stand on its summit.
Image lifted from moonjazz’s photostream.
In December of 2009, many years later, the chance to summit happened. I pieced together the route beta and looked for partners. Brian and Blair were willing as long as we first warmed up with a bike ride.
Perfect. Single-track warm-up and a chance to scout the climb. It was overcast and a little cold, as winter’s first storm approached, but the riding was great. Sedona single-track is a classic destination, and watching Brian shred on his old school bike is always a hoot.
He was feeling the love and attempted many moves that Blair and I would not. Eventually the trail put some moves on him.
After a couple hours of bike riding, we went back to the trail head and traded bikes for foil hats and packs full of climbing gear.
Towards the end of our ride, Blair had reminded us that Bell Rock is a vortex and foil hats just might protect us from any unsolicited metaphysical energy. So Blair ran into a store and stuffed a roll of Aluminum foil into his jersey pocket. We wore our foil hats while hiking the main Bell Rock path. There we encountered numerous hikers and to these folks Brian would bow his foil caped head while saying “peace be with you”. Only Brian could at once be so sincere and so funny. Eventually we left the Bell Rock Path and headed up the West facing gully of Bell Rock.
This is the standard way up the Original Bob Kamps Route – our objective. After 30 minutes of scrambling and wondering, we found the start of the technical summit route. We split the route into two pitches.
While I fussed with the ropes, Blair and Brian played games like “how many climbers does it take to slip on a banana”.
Thanks for a great day guys.