On Thursday night we had driven to camp at the Davis Meadow trailhead ~15 miles northeast of Buena Vista, CO. Friday morning around 6:00am it started raining and we figured we would not be climbing that day.
The rain stopped, we ate breakfast and got our first view of Davis Face.
Holes in the clouds allowed for some great light looking across the valley at the Sawatch range.
View of Davis Face from the parking area. It's about a 20 minute hike up to the base of the wall.
Close-up view of the face. The route we climbed, Carter Classic (5.9), goes straight up the middle to the big tree at the top. The face is about 600 feet tall.
The route doesn't see a lot of traffic and there's really no trail--just head uphill.
Looking down the first pitch. A nice 5.6 corner.
Bill and Daniel sacking up
Allison following P1. This is the hardest section of P1, a short handcrack.
Or I guess you can avoid the crack altogether.
Allison decided to lead P2...just kidding. Finishing the first pitch.
Beist on lead of P1.
The crux of the route comes on P2 while turning a small roof to the right. Allison is moving through that section in this photo. Because P3 and P4 are short, I linked pitches 2,3,4 so this photo is looking down those three pitches. The long, blue runner in this photo is clipped to one of the bolts at the top of P3.
Allison pinching a cool rail on P4.
Sweet undercling action.
Daniel on lead of the P2/P3 combo
With our 70m rope I linked P5 and P6 to the top. P5 starts out with a fun, easy friction traverse. Allison is starting that traverse.
Mount Princeton's summit came out of the clouds for a bit.
Allison pulling out of the super fun but all-too-short fingers corner on P5
The back roads in this area are apparently an OHV and motorcyle mecca. This couple had a little dog riding on the front of their OHV.
Fritz and I reached the summit of Davis Face around 10:15am. This nice ledge made for a great snack perch while we waited for Bill and Daniel to come up. (We were tying ropes together to rappel down.)
If the clouds weren't so low you would be able to see at least five 14ers in this view. Needless to say (but I'll say it anyway) the view from here was great!
Some body of water (Icelake?) near BV and some decent looking rock in the foreground.
Bill pulling out of the fingers corner on P5
Daniel racking up for P6. He chose a harder, more runout version (unknowingly) to the right of the normal line.
A bit runout from his last piece but about to throw in some pro.
Rapping down from the top. Bill is still belaying Daniel. Allison and I tied our rope off at the top and rapped down on the single line so we could get out of the wind and wait for them a top P4.
14ers Mount Columbia and Mount Harvard
Hot hiking out
A sunnier view of Davis Face after our hike out. Really fun route on great granite and worth stopping if you're in the area.