OverviewBack in 1989 Liana Kirk and I went over the left side of this roof. Was always curious about the right side. Nearly 20 years later,(it sure doesn't seem that long) went back with Trevor to see what it was about...
Getting ThereYep !! Up and over the Southwest Shoulder. The route is between KIRK-SANDERS WEST FACE CLASSIC and BLADE RUNNER.
Pitch 1. A3(~70 meters). Aid Your way up the crack. Placements become increasingly dificult as You approach the roof.The roof and the next 20 ft are the Crux; thin nailing. Above the crack widens and become more accepting. Trevor elected to take it for all it was worth and "run to the end of the rope". Set a Very Solid Gear Anchor
Pitch 2. A1(100 ft.). Aid up until the crack ends, then swing right & right, up to the Big Ledge and the BIg Bolt Belay that is common to BLUE STEM SKYWAY, HOME AT LAST WYOMING, TUNNEL VISION & SEAMS TO ME
Pitch 3. Its really 5.9?? and Really Dicey. Take the 3rd pitch of ZEPHYR to the summit. This means climbing directly above the huge ledge, towards the obvious ceiling, on the face (5.9). At the ceiling head right to the all-too-obvious loose, wide crack system (5.8?). Tighten Your laces and don't fall. My Heart has rarely beat so Hard. Jim Beyer, You are one heck of a MAN to do the 1st Ascent of this pitch SOLO !!!! We are ALL "Churning in his wake".
Big stuff for the 3rd pitch.