Mungeclimber and I topped out on this full value beauty with our intent to pay respects to our late dear friend and mentor, Brutus Of Wyde. One year ago, Bruce was on his way to meet me to climb the Spire and was killed in an auto accident. Prayer flags were left and Sapporo was consumed on the summit. Best damn summit I've ever been on! Highly recommended adventure.....if you dare!
Also, a new summit register was placed upon the summit (yellow Pelican weather case). Old register was completely unrecognizable. However, the panties were still in there. Left the old film canister register next to the new one.
A great climb. Went up as noted below with Guy Keesee. Bill Leventhal and Rachel McCollum came up right behind us. This was one of those trips where everything just went right.
edit: we did the direct variation Alois describes above.
With Kris Solem, Kris was able to free every inch of the climb with no falls and no hangs, first try. I got my butt up it by using every trick in my book. This is one of my all time goals and standing on it's top was pretty awsome. The hike in was not to hard, the PO suits worked, we found no ticks, no snakes and plenty of water and good camping on some ledges on the Fin.
I recomend this climb!
First ascent of Cinco de Mayo with Brandon Thau, after an attempt on the route the previous year. We summitted in a rainstorm, and rappelled Spike Hairdoo, upgrading the hanging changeover rap station below the Block. This work established Spike Hairdoo as the most efficient descent to the notch from the top of the Spire (2-3 rappels vs. 8+ rappels down the Regular Route).
First ascent of Spike Hairdoo, first winter ascent of the spire. Climbed with Eric Coomer. Summit register was present, but early entries had been recopied from original document -- all the early entries were all in the same handwriting. Fewer than 50 entries total in the register.
Climbed with Pat Brennan and Kenn Kenega from a dry camp in the approach gully. We were not able to locate the summit register during this ascent.