Sunday, March 05, 2006
Most trips have a defining moment, ours would be "Spring Loaded" (V, 900') More alpine than ice route, Forest and I climbed it in four 70m rope stretching pitches. The first pitch being steep snow, frozen mud, and mixed rock and ice which lead us to a couple short thin pillars to start the second pitch and then full waves of ice for the next 650' to the top. The cold temps and engaging climbing left me wishing post climb that I had done better with the camera. This route ranks very high on my all-time route list.