Starting the hike in just before 8:00am. Cool temperatures but a clear sky and forecast for warm weather was encouraging.
Rapping the fixed first fixed line en route to the base of the route.
Dan on the second fixed line, a hand line with some serious exposure.
Bill leading up the first pitch of the route, 5.8R.
Dan follows the first pitch. Bill can be seen at the belay in the corner over to the left.
Aron starts up on lead of the first pitch, 5.8R.
Setting pro to protect the follower, me, on the traverse. Gracias Aron!
Dan busting out on the 5.8 fingers to start the second pitch.
Is it just me or does that backpack look way too big? :-)
Aron hanging out at the belay.
Dan belays Bill on the third pitch.
Bill making the 5.8 moves right of the big roof on the third pitch.
Aron topping out on the second pitch.
Aron leading the sixth pitch.
Looking down the seventh pitch, the gully pitch. Bushy and awkward were the words used to describe this pitch. Not only that I'm standing in an ant-infested belay.
Aron making some strenous moves on the seventh pitch.
Enough of the corner, go out to the face and arete!
Aron leading the 9th pitch off of the speedbumps belay ledge.
Nice view of the needle from below the tenth pitch.
Dizzy D busting out moves on the tenth pitch. I was leading next to him as he followed Bill's lead. UNM Spire in the background.
Big tree at the base of the eleventh pitch. Bill's hiding in that tree somewhere.
Aron following on the nice arete of the tenth pitch.
Some dirty and loose stuff at the top of the tenth pitch.
Late day, smoke-tinted sunset light coloring the view down the eleventh pitch.
Aron on the last, eleventh pitch.
Arona nd I at the top of the climb. Wah-hoo! Time to hike out in the dark. Well worth it.
Bill and Dan excited at the top of the climb.
Not a great group shot but it's what we got.