This afternoon my son Finn and I drove up to Sandy and met up with my long-time climbing partner, Kai, to climb the beautiful granite in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Finn has been really wanting to do some trad climbing (and not top-roping) for a long time. We decided to head up to Lisa Falls and climb the very casual Lisa Falls Right (5.5).
Kai lead the first pitch and belayed Finn and I up on separate double ropes. We had Finn clean the route to get some experience doing that. We also talked to him about rope handling, keeping your gear organized on a climb, and so on. I lead the second pitch and belayed them up. One Tri-cam walked into the crack pretty far and Kai had a really hard time getting it out. We had forgot to bring a nut tool, but Kai was able to traverse over to a bush, get a long stick, and finally fish it out.
It was a really nice day, about 80 degrees. The climbing was pretty easy, but a good first trad climb for Finn.
Finn had never rappelled before so we taught him how to do it. Kai went first and showed him how to control your speed and so on. I then helped Finn rig his rappel device properly then sent him over the edge. He did very well and was not too scared.
I had not done this climb in many years and had forgot how nice this area is. There is a nice waterfall flowing down the middle of the slabs, and nice shady areas at the bottom of the climbs. Little Cottonwood is by far my favorite rock climbing area in the Wasatch. I grew up climbing granite in Northern California, so I guess I have an affinity for granite. We had a very nice day out on the rocks.