This snowstorm seems horrifying!!
It's scary until you think about all of the individual bits of climbing that brought you to where you are. Just need to remember that despite the weather, it's like any other long Cascades descent. Keep calm and keep descending and you'll be fine.
Great shot... you must be somewhat calm, the pic is in focus! Good job.
The crux 5.9 pitch right? I remember the long corner crack getting up to the roof. Beautiful (in a scary way) picture.
This is taken from hanging just under the roof itself, so right in the middle of the 5.9 pitch. More surreal than scary.
cool! Everybody, especially me, is wanting to attach all kinds of drama and horror to these pictures, like "with numb fingers I found to my dismay that the piton could be removed by hand! Then it snowed harder..." And you are tamping us down with reasonableness! :P
Don't get me wrong; it was difficult, time-consuming, and cold. Like most of my climbs there was depsair and triumph(two of my favorite peaks as well), there were raps that had to be reversed, difficult anchors and route-finding, frequent reminders to be cautious in the form of gear left behind by recently deceased climbers, and the conditions were "full" to say the least. This retreat was actually a confidence-booster because it showed that using the same skills that get you up and down in good weather will allow you to get out even when things aren't as ideal.