Retrieved my #11 hex with Matt after it spent the summer on Wagassa's wall. Hate to admit it, but I might have been the only local climbing this route this year. My partner did Cheese Stands Alone when I was in Canada and said it apparantly never gets climbed either. Matt and I got a close up experience with a Great Basin Western Rattlesnake. Added some cool photos of that experience. My hex is glad to be home!
This was my first trad climb - thanks to Dow Williams for leading the way.
Climbing with the "Tank". Hot as hell so we got a 6:30 start before heading to cooler environs at Crawdad and punched out Wagassa over by the infamous "Cheese Stands Alone"....Stacy and I were scouting the Cheese earlier in the week as Zach and I have been itching to put it in. I noticed this nice little line to the north. I thought the grade was soft on Wagassa, but still fun enough I suppose. More importantly is that it takes two ropes to rap. I almost always climb with doubles, but Janette had this bomber brand new single rope so I thought what the hell. Of course I have a single the one time when I catch Todd wrong about the descent. As I neared the top of a large arch on rappel, I could see the ropes were not reaching. It was hard to tell on ascent as it was a different angled line. I pulled the ends up, tied knots in them and took off into the abyss below the arch. Thank god I found a nasty flaring sandy crack to stick a #11 BD hex in at the very end of the rope (with a little pull). I sure in the hell was not wanting to re-climb the rope with prussics.