15 May 2004 - The final climb...

15 May 2004 - The final climb to the summit covered in snow and ice. This picture doesn't do justice to the grade and perilous nature of the pitch in these conditions.


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Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson - May 16, 2004 5:17 pm - Voted 10/10

Great route photo!

And why this climb should be avoided by novices until dry conditions pevail.


bc44caesar - May 16, 2004 6:45 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Great route photo!

Yeah, I couldn't agree more...the descent was the worst part. It took me 45 minutes to descend from the summit to the keyhole! Between the soft snow and verglas I couldn't get my points stuck in anything so I had to make scary traverses between scrambling up the rock sides. At least the weather was nice...

Alan Ellis

Alan Ellis - May 16, 2004 7:54 pm - Hasn't voted

Hey Casey!

You should do a trip report of your adventure in the San Juans. Looks like it was fun.


bc44caesar - May 16, 2004 8:13 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Hey Casey!

No problem - working on it right now. As far as fun, only in the sense that it was fun looking back on it. I was pretty much hating life the whole day. It reminds me of a quote I read once:

"Happiness is not experienced, happiness is remembered"

I think that pretty much sums up mountaineering!

Jack B

Jack B - Mar 25, 2007 7:24 am - Hasn't voted


That looks sketchy!!!!!

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