2012-07-28 - The Celestial Aretes from the bivy.
2012-07-28 - Sun Ribbon Arete from the bivy.
2012-07-28 - The Celestial Aretes and Dark Star under alpenglow.
2012-07-28 - The Celestial Aretes under alpenglow.
2012-07-28 - Climbers bypassing the snowfield in the moat and loose cl. 4 scrambling.
2012-07-28 - Pitch 1 5.7 corner. A team of three is leading it while we wait.
2012-07-28 - Leading P1 (by Jared Wood).
2012-07-28 - Dark Star seen from atop P1.
2012-07-28 - Jared leading out the cl. 3-4 pitch 2.
2012-07-28 - Jared nearing the end of the the cl. 3-4 pitch 2.
2012-07-28 - Pitches 3 to 6. The leader of the 3-person team is partway through pitch 3.
2012-07-28 - Pitch 4 to pitch 6.
2012-07-28 - Waiting for the team of 3 to finish pitch 3. At the notch by the first gendarme.
2012-07-28 - Leader of 3 climbers in the team ahead of us on the fun straight in cracks of P5.
2012-07-28 - P5 passing the party of 3 (by Jared Wood).
2012-07-28 - Leader of 3 climbers in the team ahead of us at the belay of P5. I am in the process of passing the team.
2012-07-28 - Pitch 6 short steep 5.7 corner before cutting to the north side of the arete.
2012-07-28 - Final 5.7-5.8 corner of pitch 6.
2012-07-28 - Dark Star seen from the Tyrolean pitch.
2012-07-28 - The Tyrolean.
2012-07-28 - The Tyrolean. This toss looks good. I think between me and Jared this was attempt 12.
2012-07-28 - The horn is successfully slung!
2012-07-28 - Tightening the double rope for the Tyrolean.
2012-07-28 - Doing the Tyrolean (by Jared Wood).
2012-07-28 - Finishing the Tyrolean (by Jared Wood).
2012-07-28 - Across the Tyrolean.
2012-07-28 - Jared on the Tyrolean.
2012-07-28 - Christian starting the the Tyrolean as Andrew looks on.
2012-07-28 - Class 4 Pitch 7 to the double gendarme rappels.
2012-07-28 - P7 Reaching the double gendarme (by Jared Wood).
2012-07-28 - Looking back on pitch 7.
2012-07-28 - Second rappel. SuperTopo says to ignore these slings, but I think they are actually a good way to go.
2012-07-28 - Moon Goddess Arete from pitch 7.
2012-07-28 - Moon Goddess Arete upper pitches from pitch 7.
2012-07-28 - Looking at the crux pitches (P9) from the 40' rappel into the bivy notch (rappel 2).
2012-07-28 - Right variation of pitch 9. 5.10a face protected by pitons leading to a loose 5.9 crack.
2012-07-28 - Looking back at the cluster by the double gendarme rappels. At this point we were practically a team of 5. Not the best for moving fast!
2012-07-29 - Looking at the double gendarmes at the start of the Left Variation to pitch 9.
2012-07-29 - Pitch 9 Left Variation and the 5.7 bypass.
2012-07-29 - Pitch 9 Left Variation
2012-07-29 - Phil leading the 5.10a Left Variation of pitch 9.
2012-07-29 - Alex following the Pitch 9 Left Variation, after the 5.9 crack and beginning the 5.10a face traverse.
2012-07-29 - Christian following the 5.9 hand crack on the Pitch 9 Left Variation.
2012-07-29 - Leading the crux P9 (by Jared Wood).
2012-07-29 - Looking over the double gendarmes to the Tyrolean from atop pitch 9.
2012-07-29 - The double gendarmes.
2012-07-29 - Gendarme with the 5.7 pitch on Moon Goddess Arete.
2012-07-29 - Looking down pitch 10, about to link with pitch 11.
2012-07-29 - Looking at the Tyrolean & Rappels section.
2012-07-29 - Looking ahead on pitch 11.
2012-07-29 - Jared following pitch 12.
2012-07-29 - Nearing the rappel at the end of pitch 13.
2012-07-29 - Reaching the rappel tower on pitch 13. Cross to the south side to climb this.
2012-07-29 - Looking at the last half of pitch 15 across from the rappel.
2012-07-29 - Upper 2/3 of pitch 15. Bidner rates this 5.4, SuperTopo has no rating. Compared to the other pitches, I'd say this felt like a mid-5.7 (it was at least harder than some of the 5.7s earlier).
2012-07-29 - Pitch 15 seen from the notch. It starts with some hard, physical moves and loose rock, but gets better as you get higher.
2012-07-29 - Looking back at the pitch 15 downclimb and traverse. Even with doubles and minimal pro, rope drag shut me down here.
2012-07-29 - Dark Star seen from atop pitch 15.
2012-07-29 - Pitch 15 5.4 to the notch.
2012-07-29 - Pitch 16 from the notch. Traverse on the north side of the ridge, occasionally climbing back left towards the crest.
2012-07-29 - Pitch 17 to the next rappel. The end still looks like a ways away, and the ridge is about to get harder again.
2012-07-29 - Looking down Sun Ribbon Arete from pitch 17.
2012-07-29 - Jared arriving at the end of pitch 17.
2012-07-29 - Traversing around to rappel into the gully on pitch 18.
2012-07-29 - Nearing the top of the next gendarme before the rappel on P18 (by Jared Wood).
2012-07-29 - Pitch 18 and on.
2012-07-29 - Death block perched on death gendarme. We had had enough of the ridge by now, and the gully was very close, so we rappelled into the gully here and took the class 4 scramble finish.
2012-07-29 - Rappel #2 to get into the gully. This station is better for getting into the gully. In retrospect the downclimb-traverse isn't too bad, or at least it would be better to skip the first rappel station and downclimb-traverse to this station.
2012-07-29 - Class 4 gully scramble to the top, follows the slanting ledges.
2012-07-29 - Middle Palisade, Norman Clyde Peak, and Mt Williams. Firebird Arete looks very nice! (IV, 5.9).
2012-07-29 - Traverse from Temple to Sill via Gayley. Next time . . .
2012-07-29 - Traverse to Gayley, close up of the Gayley portion.
2012-07-29 - Upper part of Dark Star.
2012-07-31 - Hand damage from rope chafing wounds, mostly from hauling the packs on pitch 9.