This was the hardest 4th class, and the spiciest vegetation, that I have ever climbed. ~5h from car to top, then a spicier-than-expected descent of the C-J couloir for a full day of quality mountaineering. Trip report.
Made a very strong attempt at the second winter ascent of the NE Buttress of J'Berg. Bivied one pitch below easy summit slopes but a non functioning stove forced us to descend the following morning. Told my friend Colin about it who made the the second successful winter ascent of the route with Mark Bunker. It has not had a third winter ascent despite attempts by very strong parties.
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."