We FINALLY got out of California! I skipped over the...minor details...from the last blog post, but our maiden voyage last week included: a shattered phone, getting towed to Carson City for loud screeching in the wheel which turned out to be a peach pit IN the brake caliper, eating at Buffalo Wild Wings and subsequent stomach illness, staying the night in Carson City, leaving toiletry bag in hotel, broken fridge... Suffice it to say, I'm just glad we're on the way.
We did a long, long stint through Nevada--it's flat, very flat--the entire state is seriously BLM land. We made it to City of Rocks, Idaho for a half day of climbing. The rock is granite with huge crystals like in Tuolumne, but with big features like huecos at Castle Rock State Park, bulges, liebacks, mantles, and great crimps. It's too bad we have to get out of here fast to make it down to the Red, but it's totally on the list for a repeat trip.
Awesome camping site outside of City of Rocks. There's free camping outside Almo on BLM land. Go past Stoney Point campground (or go there for ~$20-$30/night), straight onto dirt road. We got pretty darn far in 2WD.
Bath Rock. Highly recommended, super fun climbs on the entire west face. Rollercoaster 5.9, Colossus 5.10c, Loch Ness Monster 5.11c. I can't say enough just how much fun the climbing is.