The Hurdy Gurdy Climbs
I have no idea how Lynn could look so happy wallowing through the snow, but she did!
The middle climb looked bad ass, I was pretty much intimidated by the grey looking ice and the blank looking rock section between the two pitches. But it looked interesting so we decided to give it a go. After climbing up the thickest looking ice on the route and bottoming out 13cm screws, I pretty much decided by the top of the pitch that if the thickest looking ice wouldn't take short screws the top would be pretty much unprotectable with the rack that we had. I think that the line would go but you would need some super stubbies (10cm) and some rock gear.
Lynn and I at the Top of the First Pitch
Lynn Side Hilling over to the Second Climb
Car to car it took us 13 hours. It would have been so much faster had the snow not been so brutally soft and deep. But there is a beautiful trail in now for anyone else that wants to get after it!
To see lots more pictures of the climbs click here
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