I just got back from a last-minute trip to California to climb the Mountaineer’s Route on Mount Whitney with International Mountain Guides. Good times, good weather, a solid team, all topped off with a summit. More pics to come later, but for here now’s the certificate to show we made it to the top.
Today’s ice climbing project at Tiffany Falls.
- Climb lower wall, trying to avoid getting pumped.
- Get feet as high up the first pillar as possible.
- Hook the rock flake between the two columns.
- Transfer one tool and one foot to the second column.
- Get a second tool in the right-hand column.
- Move your second foot onto the right-hand column.
- Improve your placements and move up on the second column.
- Blow out a foot, do your best impression of Wile E. Coyote, go for a swing.
Krista and I went ice climbing today (more on that later, maybe). While I was killing time waiting for my turn to climb I was rummaging in my pockets for a chapstick and found an old, screwed-up, laundry-afied piece of paper. It turns out it’s the somewhat rudimentary topo map I drew for my scramble up Mt Temple last summer. With hindsight, something more detailed may have been appropriate…