Led a group of 10 from the Colorado Mountain Club up Sundance Gully to the Needle. We then did a "Lumpy Ridge Traverse" by Observatory Dome and Double Dome, before descending down to Batman Rock (and scrambled up to its top) and then back down to the Black Canyon Trail. A great hike!
Osiris (5.7, 5 pitches) -- July 8, 2007 -- Mary and I climbed this route for a bit of acclimatization before heading into the high peaks. We got somewhat of a late start and by the time I finished leading P3, there were thunderstorms threatening, (although it was only 2PM). We climbed quickly to the top and made it back to the trailhead about 30 minutes before the downpour. I really enjoyed the climb...fairly strenuous and thoughtful for a 5.7.
Batman and Robin (5.6, 4 pitches) -- July 16, 2007 -- Mary and I climbed this route in 2 long pitches for a nice, relaxing half-day while we were recovering from Petit Grepon. The approach was fairly long and steep, but the climbing was fun and ended on a very nice pinnacle...the Batman Pinnacle. We contemplated doing another route on Batman Rock, but decided not to chance it with the thunderstorms which were already building.
Climbed 5.7 Osiris with great weather. The descent to the East is tricky. Do not continue down and East following the cairns. At some point you have to head back West over boulders. We went down too far, and spent 1.5 hours descending in rock shoes, then had to make the hike back to the base, in rock shoes. I think rapping might be a better option if no one else is on route.
Osiris (5 pitch, 5.7) on the Book. Let's call it "old school" 5.7...a bit of a grunt...but nice overall.
My wife and I climbed via Sundance Gully and it was great! We have posted a trip report here to chronicle our climb.
finally, i get to follow instead of leading! this was the year I led every pitch on every trip...mainly because all I could find for roadtrip buddies were novices. my friend did her first lead here and a fine job too! scared herself a little, so I did all the leading for the rest of the trip. oh well.
I hiked this with the CMC. We started on the Twin Owls trail and left the trail at the Cow Creek junction. We found a summit register with entries going back to the 1980s. Then we bushwhacked down a very steep gully to the Twin Owls trail.
First time via the South Gully, to the east of Sundance Buttress. Second time from the "pass" between Black Canyon and Cow Creek.
Even thought this summit is just barely over 10,000 feet, it's worth doing for the spectacular view.