Another day, another 1,300' slog to the base of the routes. Next time I think I'll just camp there :-)
Snowfield at the base of the routes. See the climbers on the approach ledge to Sun Ribbon Arete? Watch out for falling rock!
Target Practice - by Chris DeWitt
Target Practice (by Chris Dewitt)
How more than one person can use just one ice ax. This was necessary to help everyone cross the snowfield to get on the routes.
Sun Ribbon Arete (IV, 5.10a)
Almost to where we stared pitching things out.
Brian and Peter on Moon Goddess Arete.
Jon & Thomas on P4 of Venusian Blind. These were the climbers who accidentally got on Moon Goddess Arete the day before! We basically climbed side-by-side for most of this day :-)
Thomas following up P4.
Jon leading some stellar climbing on P5.
Brian on Moon Goddess Arete.
Venusian Blind Arete (left) and the 1st & Ibrium Towers on Moon Goddess Arete (right).
P6 of VBA
P6 & P7 on VBA. P7 cuts across the chimney and traverses that exposed face before continuing up a corner & back onto the arete. Thrilling!
The Tyrolean on Sun Ribbon Arete. 1st Tower on Moon Goddess Arete is on the right.
The Tyrolean on Sun Ribbon Arete, seen through the Notch on Moon Goddess Arete.
Simul-climbers disappearing around the corner on the exposed P7 - one of my favorite pitches!
Simul-climbers on the best 5.7 pitch of the route, P9 - with the death diving board.
The best 5.7 pitch of the route, P9
The best 5.7 pitch of the route, P9-10
Peter following Brian across the notch from the First Tower on Moon Goddess Arete.
5.8 crux pitch of Ibrium tower on the left, climber at the Tyrolean of Sun Ribbon Arete on the right.
P12 of VBA.
Brian & Peter on Ibrium Tower on Moon Goddess Arete.
Chris following high up on VBA (P11)
5.6 slab & old aluminum piton on P12 of VBA.
Looking down linked P11 & P12 of VBA. Do you see Chris belaying? This was one of the better pitches of the route.
Thomas & Jon on the final 2 pitches of Venusian Blind Arete.
Best belay of the route - standing on the flat top of a tower! Natural rope bucket included. Top of P12.
Looking back on P13.
4ft wide step across on P13. Big exposure!
Looking back on P13 of VBA. Note the pro used for rope drag management. These routes required a lot of thought for how to trial the rope!
Strange rock on final pitch of VBA.
The rappel & 5.7 final section of Moon Goddess Arete.
Brian on the cl. 4 upper section of Moon Goddess Arete, almost to the short rappel into a notch.
Looking down VBA from the top of the route.
Final exposed summit ridge.
Summit views to the west. The next peak over is Gayley - I gotta traverse there someday! (5.7)
Looking south from the summit. From left to right: The Thumb, Ed Lane Pk (left), Split Mtn (center), Middle Palisade, Norman Clyde Pk & Mt Williams (right).
Miss ya Tom. You would have loved this climb - both the route and the party atmosphere of so many friends on the 3 routes!
Brian topping out on Moon Goddess Arete.
Top of Dark Star (V, 5.10c) seen from the summit ridge.
Atop the Temple Crag summit (by Chris Terry)
Descending from the summit (by Chris Terry)
Fun descent in the dark.
Night shot from my bivy on a slab mere inches from 2nd Lake.
Temple Crag from 2nd Lake
Sun Ribbon Arete - Temple Crag from 2nd Lake
Venusian Blind - Temple Crag from 2nd Lake
Celestial Aretes - Temple Crag from 2nd Lake
Moon Goddess Arete - Temple Crag from 2nd Lake
The group on the hike out. Peter is trying to point towards the summit. Hrm . . .