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Liberty Ridge crux on May 30, 2007

 
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Liberty Ridge crux on May 30, 2007
Myself leading the crux of the route. I placed one screw for the bottom belay and then 3 ice screws on the 40 meter pitch of ~ 55° ice. Near the end of the 1st pitch, the ice disappeared and I encountered crusty, hard snow. I made the upper belay anchor with 2 pickets. If you climb Liberty Ridge now (i.e. early June 2007), I suggest you bring 2 pickets & 2 ice screws per climber. Two tools for whoever leads the ice. They proved indispensable up there: May 30, 2007 (Photo: Brad Mastros).

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forjanRe: WOW

forjan

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Thanks, Tina! Thanks Deb! Thanks Dave!
Posted Jun 5, 2007 1:59 am

rhyangGood stuff !

rhyang

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Sounds like the Kautz Glacier last July ... similar pitch of ice, though not as steep - maybe 50 degrees at most. I led with one tool and one alpine axe. At the top I had to belay from a couple of (shaky) pickets... big fun !!

I bet this pitch is higher up though - the steep stuff on the Kautz is probably between 11500 and 12000' ... and I sure wasn't leading while carrying all my overnight gear on my back !
Posted Jun 4, 2007 12:06 pm

forjanRe: Good stuff !

forjan

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It's a different world when you're leading 55 degree ice with a 40+ pound pack on your back and at 13,600 feet. Also, I waited over 1 hour at the upper belay (check my Rainier summit log). All in all, I wouldn't have it any other way! HA!
Posted Jun 4, 2007 1:02 pm

rhyangRe: Good stuff !

rhyang

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That bivy at the summit crater must have been sweet ! Totally jealous !!
Posted Jun 4, 2007 1:12 pm

DebAwesome!

Deb

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Looks good from here Miguel! Pretty proud of you guys.
Posted Jun 4, 2007 1:13 pm

Dave DalyNice Ascent Miguel!

Dave Daly

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What next? K2? Glad you made it home safe to us!! Congrats!!
Posted Jun 4, 2007 1:40 pm

HerbThis rocks...

Herb

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Congrats & cheers,
Herbert
Posted Jun 6, 2007 11:10 am

JarpupAwesome!

Jarpup

Voted 10/10

Strong work!
Posted Jan 13, 2013 8:42 pm

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forjanSubmitted by forjan
on Jun 4, 2007 1:28 am

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Object Title: Liberty Ridge crux on May 30, 2007

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