Liberty Ridge crux on May 30, 2007
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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).