Mount Whitney Mountaineer’s Route

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.

Tiffany Falls Ice Climbing

Today’s ice climbing project at Tiffany Falls.

  1. Climb lower wall, trying to avoid getting pumped.
  2. Get feet as high up the first pillar as possible.
  3. Hook the rock flake between the two columns.
  4. Transfer one tool and one foot to the second column.
  5. Get a second tool in the right-hand column.
  6. Move your second foot onto the right-hand column.
  7. Improve your placements and move up on the second column.
  8. Blow out a foot, do your best impression of Wile E. Coyote, go for a swing.

My Mount Temple Topo

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…