|Old School WB||Second route rock |
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 1994
|Rob L. and I had prefect weather and great late fall colours on the standard route up Eisenhower Tower. Third multi pitch rock route of my life!|
|Posted Jan 19, 2012 2:47 pm|
|midtoad||Not a scramble |
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2011
|Dow's description makes it sound like the Dragon's Back is just a mild scramble. I disagree. |
The lower cliffs up to the Goat Plateau *are* a scramble, though a climber's scramble. Most hiker types wouldn't even like that lower section.
On the other hand, the crack at the east end of the Dragon's Back that Dow describes is quite vertical at the bottom, and a fall would likely be fatal. We chose to rope up before we'd gotten too far up it.
Further along, the Dragon's Back is a series of broken, disconnected towers. Sure, the moves are easy, but the rock is rotten and there is big exposure on both sides. A better option might be to skirt the Dragon on the north side and climb the 2-pitch gully at the west end. We chose not to try that due to extensive snow along the north-side, and likely snow and ice in that gully (later confirmed from observation from above).
We decided to turn around at the base of the upper climb to the scree gully, as there was extensive ice below that gully and we were getting hypothermic from the lower than forecast temps. The "scree gully" was full of snow but likely could be skirted on either side.
We made up for the bail by making a westward traverse along the Goat Plateau (most enjoyable!), and then scrambling down the gully west of the hut. There is one rap at the bottom of that gully.
|Posted Jul 4, 2011 1:12 pm|