We arrived at Penitente on Thursday night around 8:30pm. After setting up camp I wasn't sleepy yet so I walked up canyon to take some photos of the Virgin Mary painting and the clean arete of “Bullet the Blue Sky”, 5.12c/d.
Another rocky outcrop with a 60 second exposure and a headlamp
Breakfast at camp Friday morning.
The approach into the canyon. I want to take two old climbing ropes next time and put them through the posts where there used to be rope.
Roger limbering up to get started. I don't think he can touch his toes.
Mark chose some yoga poses for his warm up routine
Mark starting up what I'm pretty sure is Unknown 5.10+ just right of Mysterious Redhead. Some folks call this route Mysterious Redhead but I don't think so.
Allison heading up “Whipping Post”, 5.11a.
Roger starts up “Love Snake”, 5.10
Roger's turn on “Whipping Post”, 5.11a
Looks like he's having a good time
Mark gives the on-sight attempt of the amazing corner route “Not My Cross To Bear”, 5.11b. (And yes, he did on-sight it)
Relaxed enough to give the camera a sexy look
And he's there!
My turn up the route. Not an on-sight attempt and, as it would turn out, not a red point. I fell right after this photo was taken. But the rest went clean.
Roger taking some hero photos from the top
At the end of the day we climbed this route, a 5.12a arete route called “Dazed and Confused”. It turned out to be very nice but our fingers were chewed up good by then.
Roger on a unknown 5.11- route (I believe)
Unknown climber on “Los Hermanos De La Weenie Way”, 5.11c
Mark on “Yah-Ta-Hei”, 5.10c
Roger on “Yah-Ta-Hei”, 5.10c
Sammy sleeping off a big day en route to Tres Piedras, NM on Friday evening
We met Bill, Minesh and Laura (along with some others) at Tres Piedras, NM Friday evening to serve as leaders for LAM climbing school students for their graduation climbs on Saturday. Mark and I squeezed in a climb of “Mama Jugs”, 5.8, that evening...hey, we climbed in two states in one day!
First route of the day for me was “Dirty Diagonal”, 5.7 with Steve.
Mark belaying Meghan (not seen) up “Chickenheads” with Steve finishing up the second pitch of our route.
Mark, Meghan and Minesh on a popular ledge.
Meghan popping up onto the face after the chickenheads
Steve rapping down the descent gully
It started raining at 10am which is lame. We sat out the first rain burst and started climbing again around 11:15am. Then the real rain came in around 1:00pm for some “character building” climbing (wet granite is challenging to climb) and some bailing. I climbed two routes in the rain and was pretty soaked.
Parting shot of Mosaic Rock