Completed the traverse between McHenry's and Powell. Getting from McHenry's down to McHenry's Notch involves an exposed knife edge and then several hundred feet of mid-class 5 downclimbing. We opted to rap, completing two hundred foot raps down to the notch. From there the ascent to Powell was a piece of cake.
Solo Climb of McHenry's Notch Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2010
My partners bailed on a planned climb of Keiner's, but I still wanted to do something and take advantage of the really bomber weather we've been having. So I opted for a solo run up McHenry's Notch, to the summit of McHenrey's and down Stoneman Pass. I had done this before and knew what to expect, other than the specific snow/ice conditions on the couloir. I talked to another party that reported that on their climb of Keiners the previous weekend that Lamb's Slide was bullet-proof ice. So I brought 2 technical ice tools instead of lighter alpine tools. This was very fortunate as the top 200 feet or so of McHenry's Notch was also bullet-proof ice. It would have been nice to have had a short rando rope and some screws but I got through it OK. After that, I enjoyed the beautiful class 4 rock on the ridge from McHenry's Notch up to McHenry's summit. I also took a water filter and pumped at Solitude Lake on the way up and at Black Lake on the way down. I pretty much chugged water the whole way. The whole trip was great overall. It took a while at about 13 hours car-to-car from the Glacier Gorge parking lot.
"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."