After climbing Cathedral Peak's SE Buttress on Sunday, on Labor Day (Monday) I climbed Holdless Horror with SCMA member Juan Carlos. I found this route to be a good beginner leader route. Plenty of places to place protection (particularly, nuts and aliens). A fun route, overall.
After a casual approach, we alternated leads so Etsuko can try leading her very first off-width (2nd pitch). As we were on the 3rd pitch, thunderstorm clouds rolled in and covered the area. As we were on the 4th pitch, it started raining heavily. I saw a huge lightning hitting the top of Medlicott Dome right next to us. Once we topped out, we grabbed the rope and literally ran off towards Cathedral Lakes in our climbing shoes to find shelter. This was one of these semi-epics that stay in your memory for years and remind you of a wonderful time spent in the mountains. Fantastic!