A great climb on saturday. I thought it was going to be a bust: I had a bit of a headache and Darryl was looking a bit under the weather as well. But, we go through the motions. We hiked into the picnic bench that we had many years ago assembled at the bottom of the crag. Then, when we get to climb, the rock is rather dryer than I had expected, we had suffered a lot of freezing rain, warm weather and then cold again so I never imagined we'd see much rock. We had set up for a crampon and ice axe thrash of sorts. In fact, I wished I had brought the shoes since the face was pretty much clear. Well, there were ribbons of ice here and there, Biggy Fry (another climb) would have been an interesting exercise in mixed climbing but the headache and general malaise are factors. So Darryl says to me "go ahead, climb slab cracking in boots, we've done that before. You can just go to the horn and rap back down". He's baiting me.
As we get geared up Darryl proceeds to video the whole process. He balances the camera on a log, and then for the climb he uses a stump beside his belay stance. While I'm climbing I notice from time to time he is fiddling with the precariously balanced camera keeping me in the frame.
Okay, I figure I can always bail at the horn, I will just start up and see how it goes. I'm just deluding... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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