Introduction note: In an ongoing effort to prepare for climbing The Grand (Grand Teton Mtn) in August, we all all went for a camping/climbing weekend at City of Rocks in south-central Idaho. Christine and I (Joe) car-camped with Lorna, Marco, & Kirk. Marc & Stephanie car-camped nearby. City of Rocks is a climbing mecca of granite rocks, columns, & spires that attracts climbers from all over the country. The weather played with a us a little, but we still got in some good climbs.
Mystery Bolter was our first target. It is a long friction pitch rated at 5.9 on the back side of Bumblie Rock. Marco did a great job of leading it, but Kirk & I cheated our way up a bit by staying in the comfort of the left crack for as long as we could. Lorna easily made an elegant climb of it.