The Cathedral Range seen from the Conness Plateau
Mt Conness and the broad plateau. It is easy to take the wrong descent here to access the West Ridge and SW Face on the backside.
Donald Goodrich memorial plaque near the base of the route. He was killed by rockfall on the FA.
SW Face of Conness seen from the base to nearly the top.
Pitches 4 to 7 of the SW Face seen from the base.
Nic leading P1, definitely in 5.10c conditions. He thought it was much harder than the 5.10c crux higher up. It was amazingly wet, slimy, and grassy. A very cold slip & slide too!
Nic at the end of P1.
Looking up P2. The rope cuts over where the 5.10a face traverse is.
Looking up P3. The 5.8 chimney is above to the left.
Intermediate anchor and bail slings, just before the traverse into the chimney on P3.
The traverse into the 5.8 chimney on P3. Watch out for rope drag!
The strange 5.8 chimney. You mostly half-stemmed, half-chimneyed the thing, climbing around the chockstone above.
P4 burly 5.9 start.
Looking up P4.
P4 fist crack headwall and OW headwall.
Leading P4 (by Nic Risser)
Leading P4 on the 5.9 start (by Nic Risser)
Leading P4, nearing the OW (by Nic Risser)
Leading P4, starting the OW (by Nic Risser)
Leading the P4 5.10 OW (by Nic Risser)
Leading the P4 5.10 OW, pushing the #6 Camalot along.
Looking down the P4 5.10 OW. Now I'm in 5.8 OW territory and using my Valley Giant.
#9 Valley Giant happily trucking along on the long 5.8 OW/squeeze on P4.
One of the many tiny star bolts on the pitch. Best used as backup, it seemed to me!
5.8 OW/squeeze continues . . .
Looking down from the top of P4. As you can see, the Valley Giant was good for pushing right until the end.
Nic recovering atop P4. P5 & 6, to be linked, are behind.
Nic leading P5 & 6 (linked). He is about to start the 5.10b traverse into the crack and chimney system on the right.
NIc leading P6 (Our P5, linked with P5), above the 5.9 fingers and nearing the 5.8 squeeze.
Looking up P5 & 6, which we linked as P5.
The 5.10b traverse on P5. Traverse low.
P7 (our P6), ascending 5.8 grooves and 5.9 cracks higher up.
Nic atop P7 (our P6), after taking an unusual but fun finishing variation.
Following P8 (our P7) up a final 5.9 corner. The team behind us passed us here and tried a finishing variation on the right.
Me & Nic atop Mt Conness after climbing the SW Face. What a great day!
The SW Face of Conness seen at sunset.
Nic playing around atop some strange 'rock formations' at the intersection of the S Ridge & plateau of Mt Conness.