A very fun route on a Washington Pass spire that Shirley & I climbed in August of 2005. I have two vivid recollections from our climb of this line. First, it was fun. Not much real off-width fighting (a bit). Second, I lost a shoe. Somewhere near the top, it came off my harness...so if you happen to find a size 15 Keene lightweight approach shoe & don't mind giving up booty, please send pm. Thank you. Hiking off in one rock shoe an one approach shoe was less painful than I would've expected. Thankfully this is alpine cragging & so hiking quantities come in small doses here. Oh yeah, the purpose of this thing is to organize our SP submissions. A 5 year project no doubt...
Starting up pitch 1.
Leading pitch 2.
Leading pitch 4.
Looking up at the 4th pitch.
Looking down pitch 4.
Shirley following pitch 4. Shirley topping out on pitch 4.
Leading the characteristic chimney on pitch 5.
A traverse further on pitch 5.
Shirley following pitch 5.
Shirley topping out on pitch 5.
A view towards the Wine Spires from somewhere high on the route.
Starting up pitch 6.
Looking back at Shirley from the start of pitch 6.
Shirley nearing the top of pitch 6.
A view down onto the summit of Minuteman Tower from near the top of the route.
Leading the exposed "catwalk" on pitch 8 (final pitch) of the route.
Looking back at Shirley from our 8th and the final pitch of the route.
The North Early Winters Spire from the top of the route.
Shirley hiking off from the top of the East Face route on Lexington.