May 18 - 21st 2007 we had an action packed four days for Angela's 28th Birthday. The weekend was definitely action packed with lots of adventures, however the birthday jaunt turned out to be a life changing thanks to Angela!
We drove up to McCall, Idaho Thursday night and camped at the primitive Lick Creek campground about a mile down from Slick Rock. Friday morning we got up made some breakfast and then headed the mile or so up the gravel road to the base of Slick Rock.
"The View from the Road"
Slick Rock is a wonderful slab of granite that has some of the longest technical rock climbs the State of Idaho, we opted to climb the trad 5.6 Regular route. This was Angela's first venture into alpine climbing and also her first multipitch climb. Getting to the start of the climb took us about an 45 minutes mainly due to finding a safe method of crossing the river.
"Scampering across the rapids"
We had a lot of fun climbing this route, a few tricky parts but otherwise nice easy climbing. Near the summit of the climb the Regular route come with in about 10 feet of the bolted 5.8 Memorial route, we decided to jump onto the last pitch of Memorial, and finished up with 9 total pitches of climbing.
"Ready for the next pitch."
After reaching the summit we deiced to sit and rest for a while, we ate some food and talked about our climbing achievement. I got up after a bit and started to re-rack the climbing gear and get ready for our decent. Angela however asked me to come back and sit down, she wanted to show me something. As I was sat down Angela proceeded to pull a book out of her small backpack. I was surprised on how she managed to conceal the book in her small pack along with her food/water, rain gear and decent shoes. The book was titled: "The Story and Adventures of Scout and Scamp." Angela had created a book that contained a handwritten and illustrated account of the trips we've been on since we started dating.
"The Story and Adventures of Scout and Scamp"
We sat and read through the book recalling all the memories and good time's we've shared together. Then we came to the last entry in the book which detailed our recent assent of Slick Rock. In the story we had just finished the climb and were standing at the summit, the story continued on how Angela got down on one knee and ask me if I would marry her. Before I could say anything Angela turned to the back of the book and removed a rope bracelet and then with tears in her eyes she really asked for my hand in marriage. Even thought my answer wasn't written in the book I still knew what to say..... and that was "Yes!" I put the bracelet on and Angela tied a knot. We are getting Married!
"Sorry Ladies I'm Tied Down!"
After some time had passed we packed up our gear and made the decent off the climb. There's not much of a trail coming off Slick Rock more of a bad mountain goat trail that is fairly rocky and steep. At times we used small shrubs and tree roots to help our decent also there was a fair amount of snow adding to the fun. Back across the log bridge and we successfully made our way back to the car in just over 9 hours. The day was awesome, nothing like getting in a classic Idaho climb and getting engaged to at the summit!
The rest of the weekend was spent mounting biking, hiking and relaxing. We rode the Loon Lake loop the next day. On the south end of Loon Lake there is a old B-23 Dragon bomber that crash landed in 1943. Unfortunately when we got to the lake the water level was extremely high and we didn't feel like swimming over from the North end to see the old plane. We ended up riding the loop before the spring trail crews had a chance to do any maintenance. So there was an excessive amount of down trees on the trail.
"Just a few tipped over Trees!"
Near the end of the ride Angela took a header off the side of the trail and fell down the hill. She stopped when she hit a downed pine tree with sharp broken branches. The crash could have been really bad, luckily she missed all the pointy spikes. She did manage to accumulate some bruises and good scraps. We finished off the day by taking a well earned soak in Burgdorf hot springs.
The last day of our trip we planned to hike out to Louie Lake and Boulder Lake. From the trailhead you can take one of two trails, one tail goes to Louie Lake and the other to Boulder Lake. We hiked to Louie lake and decided to try to make it back to the trailhead by the way of Boulder Lake, by crossing over the dividing mountain pass. However we started the hike in the rain and up past Louie Lake near the pass the rain turned into snow. Using our better judgment and lack of full on winter attire we decided to head back and get some beers at the McCall brewery.
"Where did the trail go?"