2012-08-20 - Sunrise from camp at Cirque Lake
Sunrise from camp at Cirque Lake
War Bonnet at sunrise from camp at Cirque Lake
Cirque Lake Area. Watchtower, Block Tower, Sharks Nose & Overhanging Tower.
Pingora SW Face
South Buttress of Pingora seen from the cl.3 approach ledges.
South Buttress of Pingora, P1 solo (cl. 4).
South Buttress of Pingora, lower pitches . Technically there were 6 or so pitches on the route but we linked them into 2 pitches with some soloing and simul-climbing.
Thomas leading the K-Cracks (5.8) on the South Buttress of Pingora. He is taking the right variation, although you really could take any combination of the 4 different slanting cracks.
Thomas leading the K-Cracks (5.8) on the South Buttress of Pingora.
Following the K-Cracks (5.8) right variation on the South Buttress of Pingora.
War Bonnet from the Pingora summit. The air is very smokey from wildfires burning in the area.
War Bonnet, Warrior I and Warrior II from the summit of Pingora.
Thomas and Wolfs Head from our lunch spot on Pingora.
Thomas having lunch on Pingora's sunbathing patio.
Wolf's Head and Bollinger Peak from Pingora.
Block Tower, Shark's Nose, and Overhanging Tower. After climbing Wolds Head we descended the slopes in the sunshine just right of Overhanging Tower.
Wolf's Head from Pingora.
West Face of Pingora from Tiger Tower. Rappelling this was a bit slow.
Wolf's Head from Tiger Tower.
P1 start on the East Ridge of Wolf's Head.
Knife edge ramp on P1 of Wolf's Head. P2 ascends the crack in the center over the top.
Looking down P1 of the East Ridge of Wolf's Head.
P1 Belay & P2 beyond.
Climbers on the standard Pingora rappel descent.
Climbers on the standard Pingora rappel descent. Mitchell peak is behind.
Wolf's Head and Tiger Tower.
Thomas leading P2
P2, higher up.
P3, nearing the First Tower.
Unknown peak to the north.
Shark's Nose and Overhanging Tower.
N Face route of the Shark's Nose ascends the pair of cracks right of center. Overhanging Tower is on the right.
Nearing the First Tower
First Tower barrier. Climb down into the exposure and a passage will present itself.
Looking down on the First Tower 5.6 step-across crux.
Squeeze between the First Tower split.
Blue piton on the Piton Traverse.
Another old piton.
Piton Traverse (5.6 face).
Leading P7, up the corner and then right on some horizontal cracks.
P7 Hand traverse cracks. This part was pretty fun.
Cave belay at the end of P7. Thomas got to hang out in here belaying when the hail started.
Airy arm crack traverse of P8. It hailed on me midway through this pitch. As a follower, Thomas just walked the crack, but I think a lead climber would have trouble protecting the 20' traverse this way. The pitch ends behind the chockstones ahead.
Looking back on the exposed P8 arm traverse. Crack was mostly a #4 C4 size.
P9 class 4 ledges, with Bollinger Peak to the right.
Summit of Wolf's Head.
Looking back from P10.
Looking toward Bollinger Peak.
Descending behind the ridge on the rappels.
War Bonnet to Wisconsin Couloir.
War Bonnet & Warrior I from the Wolf's Head descent.
Overhanging Tower from the OT-WH Col.
Night sky above Cirque Lake.