Route Climbed: Mantua/Willard Basin Date Climbed: July 20, 2003
I biked up from where the road starts getting rough from Mantua. It was hot, and a lot of Jeeps were on the road kicking up enough dust that I needed windshield wipers on my glasses. Nerd.
A spring is at the turn in the road where it switches back to head up to Inspiration point: this is where I left the bike and hiked up the relatively short trail to Willard Peak. The crack on the summit is B I G. I accidentally went too far to the South and ended up acending the southern ridge, which was class 3 in spots and 4 in one sphincter puckering moment (definitely not the tourist trail here). It was exceedingly hot at the summit, so I spent little time there. The North ridge was a piece of cake to decend. I lost a bike tube on the way down because of a #@!ing 4" long wood screw puncture. Lame-ola.
Route Climbed: Williard basin Date Climbed: July 2004
Took an early Saturday morning to run to Willard and continue the jog over to Ben Lomond. These are easy and quick peaks to grab. Had an interesting conversation with a hitch hiker I picked up on I-15. Way to religious for me but had a great outlook on life.