At the base of the west-facing route, Lucky Streaks, 5.10d. The route follows the obvious arcing line to the steep crack directly above me on the skyline.
I get the first pitch! 5.7 fun stuff with a 5.9 step across about half way up.
Bill seconding the first pitch. Not much pro after the 5.9 step-across.
Bill making the 5.9 step across. Good knobs and rough granite made it feel quite secure.
Bill leading the 5.10a sustained finger crack of the second pitch.
I'm following Bill on the second pitch. Here, I'm enjoying nice 5.8 layback moves before the 5.10a crack.
Get that right hand back in the crack! Fishing for knobs through a thin section of crack climbing.
I'm pretty sure I'm growling here.
Looking up the “business pitch” as we called it. The third pitch started with steep, awkward 5.10d finger crack to sustained 5.9 laybacking with the occasional 5.10a/b moves thrown in to keep it interesting.
Bill totally smearing and crimping around the 5.10b corner move on the third pitch.
Eyeballing the crack on the fourth pitch as the Austrians on the ground look on.
Check out that knob grabbing going on in my right hand as my left arm appears broken.
Not a great shot of Bill leading the wide crack and fun 5.8 layback stuff on the final, sixth, pitch.
At the top! A short scramble from the top of the sixth pitch brought us to just below the summit of Fairview Dome.
On the descent we realized granite can be dizzying.
Granite domes are pretty cool.
Looking back up the route on the descent. Looking closely you can see the two Austrian parties on the route.
Austrian invasion on Lucky Streaks!