|Cory hooking through the roof|
We put away our ice axes and crampons and racked up with cams and nuts. Cory lead the first pitch through the dry offwidth and then carefully inched up snowy rock and moss to the belay. The easiest part of the pitch turned out to be the hardest, let me tell mountaineering boots are hard to use on an icy slab!
|Cory on the offwidth|
|Cory leading the first pitch|
|Lucas climbing pitch one|
The second pitch, was pure gold! I took the rack and grovelled my way through the chimney and skooched up to the first ledge. Cams slid perfectly into the dry cracks. With my gloves off, I could crimp the cold rock just enough to inch through the wide stemming section. I mantled onto pigeon shit ledge, shook out my frozen hands and stared at the famous roof. Everything was going great until I reached up and got a handful of snow. I finally worked myself into the narrow gap, one arm slapped at the snowy ledge, the other arm pressed the wall and my feet kicked at the air. I was stuck, my adrenaline kicked in and I found some hidden strength to squirm and wiggle in an upward motion until finally I reached out and grabbed a snowy edge. Aww, relief came with a blast of endorphines. This was Type 2 Fun at its best!
|Humping over the first bulge on pitch two|
|Cory on the icy and airy traverse|
|At the top out.|
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