This was supposed to be something of a rest day for this aging mountaineer, but it turned out to be rather more than that. Jeff and I hustled up the familiar headwall and then struck out across the lower South Rice Glacier for the SE slopes of our objective. Suffice it to say at this point that we laid in a route that spiraled up and around Spring-Rice S2 clockwise (to the south) and eventually brought us up against some quite serious technical climbing on the west exposure of the summit block. Having brought along little in the way of gear and running short of time (we had started late in the morning), we reluctantly abandoned a summit attempt, vowing (well, with reservations on my part because of my somewhat deficient technical skills) to return later that week.
We descended the slopes to the SW, slopes that alternated easy scree and scrambling with more demanding cliff bands lower down; eventually we reached the South Rice Brook Valley and made our way back SE to the ACC camp.
Three days later, on August 5, Jeff had organized a climbing team that he felt had a good chance of ascending the walls of the summit block of Spring-Rice S2; unbeknownst to me, they had deputized me as a somewhat hesitant fourth for this party of three. Ah well, nothing ventured, nothing gained, I... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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