In the (correct) descent gully into Chimney Canyon
Boy, those sure are purrrty...
Minesh starts up on lead of P1 (5.7) a bit after 9:00am
Minesh heading up the stellar second pitch (5.8) following a great crack up the clean face. Note that the awesome dihedral to the left is purported to go at 5.10a and looks to be really nice.
Minesh follows up near the top of the fourth pitch. We linked pitches 3 and 4 (5.9+, 5.9) for one long, enjoyable pitch.
It's sure hard to beat a day like this! Fantastic weather and great climbing! Taking a break at the top of P4.
The second crux (5.9) of this route is on the sixth pitch. The crux moves can be protected with this 30 year-old 1/4“ bolt. I opted to find a cam placement a bit higher instead.
Minesh following the final, seventh, pitch at 5.7. Loose, typical Sandias “kitty litter” covers much of the ledges.
Minesh looking psyched on the summit just before 2:00pm. For a couple of slow guys our time of 5 hours was pretty darn good.
Minesh supervises Roger belaying Lee up the final pitch. The route they climbed, Warpy Moople, shared the final pitch with our route. The timing was perfect.