Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Keeping The Momentum
Doug and I were on a roll of First Ascents and we couldn't believe the successes we were having. Weather and timing were all aligning for us simultaneously. When your on heater there is only one thing to do and that is to ride it out until you loose.
Doug Shepherd and I decided to head into the Giants Belly in the Beartooths for some new lines of interest. This is also the home wall for the the well known Ice Dragons which is a early season classic. Since we knew the hike in was epic we decided to make the best of our time and stay a night out to capture two days of climbing. The line on the left we named Ice fairies which is a 3 pitch WI5 line and the line on the left we climbed 4 pitches of until the ice ran out and someone turned on the snow.
Doug Heading up to the base of Ice Fairies
Gettin busy on the first pitch
Aaron Mulkey taking on the thriller pillar on the 2 second pitch.
a>Doug following the second pitch of great ice
One climb down and a cold nights bivy to come
Day two brought on incredibly good mixed climbing in the heart of the giants belly. This was a great pitch!
Doug coming up the 2nd pitch
Doug getting it on for another great pitch of climbing
Not sure what Dougs plan of attack was on this super overhanging block pith but he got it her dun and it was yet another great pitch of climbing.
Doug and I were a bit disappointed that we didnt finish the second route but the climbing was so great we felt we had been rewarded handsomely and the streak had to end at some point. A long hike out as the snow decided to explode from the sky we were glad we were on our way out and smiling ear to ear.
Here is a video of the climbs