Cochise was our last stop on the 2003-2004 Bus Trip. We arrived in Cochise on November 15 and met our friends Gary and Lynn Clark (of naclassics.com fame) there.

We stayed in the East Stronghold except for one day of sport climbing at "Isle of You". The first days there, we climbed moderates that we had climbed in the past: the Wasteland, as well as Batline, The Nightstalker, Beeline, and a new (to us anyway) 3-pitch bolted line next to it.

Next, we finally got to climb Days of Future Passed. That route had been on our list for a long time. We had hiked once to the base of it years ago but it was so cold and so intimidating that we had chickened out...

We spent the rest of our time either lounging in the sun or climbing at two sport climbing areas, Isle of You and a more recently established area above and behind the Nightstalker. We also got to visit Saguarro National Park on a rainy day.

We spent our last day climbing at the newest sport area in the east Stronghold with Gary and a few friends from Los Alamos. We had a big Thanksgiving dinner afterward.

The next day, on the road again, direction Santa Fe. We usually love driving the bus on open roads. Only this time, we both felt sick the whole way: stressed out about ending this great trip!

Cochise East Stronghold

November 16-25, 2004
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Typical Cochise landscape.
 
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Camping at the East Stronghold.
 
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The classic "Beeline" turns the roof on the right.
 
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Lucie on the first pitch of Beeline (5.9).
 
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Visiting Saguarro National Park on a rainy day...
 
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...with our friends Lynn and Gary Clark.
 
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Cactus fruits.
 
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Views from Beeline.
 
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Eric on the second pitch of Beeline.
 
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Isle of You offers good sport climbing.
 
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Thanksgiving celebrations: outside and...
 
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...inside the Clark's 5th wheel.
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