This trip ended up being a coda to a spectacular failure. Merran and I went to Cathedral back in early July and scoped this unclimbed line on Grimface's south face. The south face of Grimface has all these apparent lines of weakness that end up being horribly blank on closer examination, but we found one that looked like it would go with two pitches of thin aid then an amazing overhanging, flaring chimney system. Oh yeah! I've climbed at LEAST three aid routes in my life, and Merran climbed one pitch of aid in late July and knows how to French-free on gear, so we were going to totally climb this thing no problem :) Anyway on Labour Day weekend we drove up there to give it a go. Our packs were stupidly heavy, I think mine weighed about 70 or 80 lbs. You see we had everything from knifeblades and copperheads to #4 Big Bros (for that chimney). We slogged in on Friday. After getting the gear in we were too worked to go up and try the first pitch which hopefully would have been freeable, so we settled for setting up basecamp.
Saturday we actually hiked to the base of the route. At the base it started snowing and hailing. Damn! It kept it up for hours. We dragged the giant packs back down... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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