Friday, January 2, 2009

Leading Pitch 3
A good view of Pitches 1 and 2.

Stephen following pitch 1.

Climbed Ames Ice Hose on December 31. Pitch 1 is unusually fat this year. I was able to get 13-16cm screws all the way up. The second pitch was rumored to be full of snice and kinda sketchy, but the a team the day before did a fine job of cleaning out all the garbage and now it is in excellent shape and fuly protectable with screws. The only negative of the whole day was that someone has removed the pitons above pitch 2, so until they are replaced you need to belay from the ice with screw, which places the belayer in a less protected location.Pitch 3 is fat as always.