This was the second time I climbed this route this year, third time overall. All three times I’ve lead the bottom section, which isn’t long enough to be considered a pitch of climbing. My goal has been feel confident enough to lead the entire route, since it is right next to a gulley that forms the Minsi Curtain (ice). Unfortunately, I’m not quite brave enough to get on the sharp end for the entirety of the route just yet. I’ve been able to climb the route cleanly, including the crux. But I’m still not mentally ready to commit to be the leader on the entire route.
|Semi-Hanging Belay on Teadrop Buttress|
|Rappel from Teardrop Buttress, looking up Tears Are Falling|
Temperatures were pretty mild that day while today it’s in the high 30’s with a bitter wind chill. Fall is quickly turning into winter and soon it will be too cold to rock climb outside but not yet cold enough to climb ice. The Shoulder Season of climbing, when the gyms are packed and the ice tools are sharpened. I’m hopeful that I’ll get one or two climbs in before the end of the season since it’s likely I won’t set foot in a gym…it’s just not my thing.