all fun in different seasons and different partners. awesome place to adventure
Great day. We saw a goat at the top and gave him a little pee to lick up.
Cold but fun climb!
Climbed the SW Buttress with spring snow. Jack skid down after the climb. The entire route was awesome and we even did the 5.10 crack variation on the 3rd pitch which I proceeded to thrash up.
Excellent route! A little bit of all types of climbing.....boulder moves, face climbs, cracks, off-widths and of course.....Nervous Nelly slab climbing. Great 5.8 adventure!
Classic climb of the S Arête. Easy, mellow route with great ambiance
We were off route for the first pitch and had to make some awkward 5.9 moves. We combined several of the upper pitches and finished the climb in 5 rather than 7. Only two rappels while descending the South Arete.
No other climbers all day... only a bunch of mountain goats. Was a fun climb. Down climbed the South Arete as well.
My buddy and I were the only folks on the South Arête, pretty much all day -- and on a sunny Friday?! Getting ready to rap above the chimney, we waited for two gents to come up so that we wouldn't kick gravel down on them. They were the first folks we saw. Lovely day.
We were the only group on the Spire on a great weather day. It was a fun route with some memorable moves. The hair pin on HW20 is a LONG way down when you're sitting on the summit.
Climbed with the Mountaineers.
Beautiful scenery, mostly very easy (3rd-4th class with occasional low fifth), but rather long and alpine route. Got a very late start (~11 AM at Blue Lakes trailhead!) so fighting crowds on the ascent was not an issue. Encountered a bit of a bottleneck at the whale back with multiple parties making their way down, but it was not much of a problem. Still lots of snow on the approach - watch for undermining with the rapidly warming temperatures. The descent, with its multiple short rappels and sections of simul-climbing, took about as long as the ascent. All in all a fun experience with spectacular scenery, and a good place to practice moving quickly in alpine terrain.
Aborted Liberty Bell, nice back up option - enjoyable couloir great views (with gcap and vertigo soul).
Fun climb with great scenery and solid rock. Will repeat!
Parties were turned away from the south arete,it was clogged this labor day weekend, but no other parties Sunday on our route (SW buttress). Some memorable moves and more sustained climbing than the south arete
Went up with Southwest Buttress. Was a good climb, great scenery and weather.
First multipitch climb, part of AAI's Alpine Mountaineering and Technical Leadership part 1 class. Super fun.
SW Buttress. Thought that the slabs were tougher than the other cruxes!
Nice climb. Especially liked the rain.