Yesterday, I scrambled downward from the BAW’s Amphitheatre to see if there was any route potential on the Underworld Cliff. What I found there caused quite a stir:
Archive for March, 2012
Saturday’s heavy sky betrayed the imminent return of March, but by sunrise the wheels of a plan were already in motion: Jamie, Tom, & I met at the Black Arches Wall to take a shot at Jamie’s long-time project, Hang Time. It wouldn’t be easy. Jamie had spent days working out the crux moves, hours sequencing the numerous 5.10 sections, and another slew of days discussing, discovering, and deciphering the finishing sequence.
Tom and I dragged Bruce out to the Amphitheatre yesterday, with deceit in our hearts and treachery on our tongues. “There’s a great 5.7+ out here, you gotta lead it!” I told him.
We didn’t mention the rating for Broken Broom is on the order of “plus three”, at 5.10a. With two cruxes. It wasn’t always pretty, but he ponied up and got’er done. And didn’t punch me out afterward. He was in fact, still smiling. A bit tired, but not enough to stop him from top-roping three more 5.10s, Pinch an Inch, Black Arch Arête, and Pinnacle Overlook, before rain shut us down. Nice going, Bruce!
Yeah, I’ve been out rockclimbing for awhile, several places as well as here on Crane Mountain. But Saturday’s predicted weather brought the first collective climbing trip of the 2012 season here, making it official.
Hadn’t realized that I took a picture of the ice across from Kibby Pond with my telephoto lens, but hadn’t uploaded it to my computer. That was back when I wrote This Post on my exploration. When I finally put them on my computer, I inadvertently stuck it in the wrong folder. So I finally took a close look at the photo:
Maybe that hike wasn’t a complete loss, after all.