Quick WordShirley & I climbed the West Face of NEWS on a quick summer day in 2008. The crux (I led) was hard for me but I thought the supposed 5.10- crack higher (which Shirley led nicely) was almost as tough (thin!). Beautiful route of course - as good as Northwest Corner (III 5.9) next door but of a different flavor.
The west face of NEWS. West Face the route follows the white streak in upper left corner.
Shirley leading pitch 3 of West Face.
Starting up pitch 4 crux.
Game face on the crux.
Shirley on the pitch 4 crux.
Shirley leading pitch 5 (pretty hard too IMHO).
Shirley starting up the 5th pitch belayed by yours truly - a different persepctive on previous shot.
Looking up at Shirley from near the top of pitch 5.