North East Face Couloir Date Climbed: Jun 26, 1997
Ian Hunt and I climbed the right hand (northern) couloir on the North-East Face. Fun route, we had snow all the way up, including a tough exit of about 5.5/5.6, for about 40 metres on wet, snowy and loose rock. Descent via scramble route.
Made this a fast day compared to most reports. Still relatively dry conditions for October, despite being a north ridge. Incredible views looking down at the Watch Tower, sight of my recent climbing debacle. HUGE TREAT ON DESCENT....treed a marten (weasel-related to mink/fisher)(not on purpose of course) and tried in vain for 5 minutes to get a photo. Thought I surely had one, got home, nothing but a fur ball. Very shy. Growled the whole time. I felt guilty after a while and left him/her alone. Great oportunity to experience a marten up close.
"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."