Wretched(ing) Ascent via Spire Col South Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2006
UPDATED ENTRY - 03 Jun 07
Successful summit of Peppermint Peak via South Spire Col on 3 Jun 07 with darling husband Dave (my route-finding hero). Made the summit in 9 hours from Pine Creek trailhead (because I am a slow old bag) and found that there was more Class 4 and chossy exposure than expected. Totally exhilerating route from the col to summit! Saw one tiny person on top of Bear Creek Spire while we were on our summit - very cool. We waved at each other.
Only other entries in summit register were 1st ascent party in 1972 and two dudes last July. Peppermint is so lonely. :(
Great climbing, hated the 16 mile haul though. :P
23 Sept 06
Oooh, hell no - I was not successful on this solo trip, but close enough for horseshoes. Had a good time on the ledges to top of the col and just passed the towers. The weather was beautifully cool and thankfully no wind. Due to uncontrollable coughing, I lost my stomach up there...for anyone climbing Peppermint in the next couple of weeks, my apologies for the red splattered ledge, I had strawberry Cliff Bloks prior to climbing.
Need to regroup and try it again......
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe