This was my first multi pitch climb for me back in 2009 (yes, I started climbing late after raising a kid and getting my carrier going). We had a late start and finished when it was dark on the top, descent in dark and we had no lamps. It was an adventure. We reached our car at the top of Sandia Crest after midnight.
Climbed the Thumb via NW Ridge route with Yasu. Led all technical pitches. Went off-route on a couple of pitches staying close to the ridge crest. After 5 roped pitches, scrambled to the Northern and Main (South) summits. Fun route, stellar views.
"No matter how big a guy might be, Nicky would take him on. You beat Nicky with fists, he comes back with a bat. You beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun. And you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, because he’ll keep coming back and back until one of you is dead."