Sunday, July 19, 2009
I'm getting pretty excited about the upcoming trip to Leavenworth. I have a huge list of routes that I'd like to climb, but I also think It's such a beautiful place to be that it really doesn't matter what you are climbing. Here are some photos of the West Face of Colchuck Balanced Rock (CBR) from last summer. We got rained off on our first day and then slept in too late and a party hiked in and actually beat us to the route the next day. We kind of felt like slackers but it was fun to have some company on the route.
Colchuck Lake and Dragontail Peak. The bivy boulder below CBR. Blake on the short 5.10 fingers of pitch one. Me following the long 5.9 corner. Blake starting up the amazing 5.11 corner. The first of the crux picthes. Me. Mt. Stuey. Another climber on the corner pitch. Ladies and gentlemen, Blake Herrington. The soaking wet roof traverse. More climbers following us up the corner. The crux pitch takes a striking 5.9+ corner up to a short but wild roof. The 5.8+ slot after the roof. Some people call this the crux. This guy probably thought so since he's facing the wrong way. Blake pops into the sun after the 5.8 slot. Quick descent back to base camp. Dragon's of Eden, anyone? Colchuck Lake.
Posted by ktaylor at 12:44 PM