The next day we decided to take a leisurely start up Walsh, thinking that it would be good acclimatization for Steele, it didn't look so big after all. But the scale is deceiving up there. We had a really nice climb up the NW ridge, which is a bit exposed in sections. We had to use snow protection on one ~60m section. We also found and kept a picket at the end of the ridge. The ridge ended up taking way longer than expected. After the ridge, it's a long walk to the summit. AG and I crapped out with altitude around ~4250m, but GK and FB carried on to the summit. We skied back down (had to walk to ridge) and arrived at camp around 11:00pm. In hindsight, we should have properly acclimatized, and we underestimated the amount of time that we would spend at altitude. [photo]walsh_NWridge2.jpg[caption]Looking at the NW ridges on Walsh[/photo]
[photo]climbingdownNWridgeofWalsh.jpg[caption]Climbind down a NW ridge on Walsh[/photo]
The following day, FB and I went for a really nice and recommended tour up Jedken. This would be a great option for day 1 acclimatizing! The next two days were spent heading up the Walsh plateau, up and over the "fucking hill", which looks small but is really quite a big knoll at 4300m.
May 20th, we started up Southeast face of Steele. There... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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