|Ariana PHOTO: Max Barlerin|
At first I was trying for as many different formations in the park as possible. This objective was going well, but saying no to the Diamond is like saying no to red wine and chocolate. You just feel better giving in.
Hallets peak is similar. It's a wonderful solo. Its a wonderful half-day climb. It's groovy to climb three times in a work day. ;).
I counted 109 pitches. I counted the North Chimney as one pitch, as we simul-climb or solo. Having climbed it four times = four pitches. My dearest margarita loving friend suggested a kindly correction. If I am to count pitches, I should be counting them as per the guidebook.
So I need a recount. The number is higher.
Either way. I achieved my obscure summer goal. I climbed on formations that I hadn't climbed on previously. Like Chiefshead.
WTF. Max rallied. I worked a rescue until 10 pm the day previously. 60% chance of showers and many alpine days throughout the week had me tired.
Sorry, I blacked out. Did I just tell you I was tired.
Max made coffee. He dragged my ass out of bed, tucked me into the truck, nearly pushed the yogurt into my mouth at the trailhead.
Okay maybe not that bad.
We started hiking. Clouds swirled slowly. Non-threatening poofs spooning the granite spires. Lovers not ready to part with dawns first rays. We passed Spearhead with a minor glance. Max was on a mission for a new line on the northeast face if Chiefshead. As we neared the cliff, the lines still looked good. Blue sky poked her head out just enough to support a mission upwards. Off we set!! A ballsy 5.12 pitch off the deck, eventually led into some lovely 5.11 corners and cracks with 2 sections of low fifth class linking dihedrals. We topped out just after noon and descended quickly. During our lunch break, I began my push for another climb on the Spearhead. As we packed up and meandered. Water droplets released from above. Persistent annoying mist, not a downpour. Bummer.
Arrowhead. double WTF.
I had never climbed on it. Saving it? Blowing it! Adam Baxter and I climbed Birds of Fire on the Northwest face of Chiefshead the day prior, bivied and rallied for day two in Arrowhead. Arrowplane. SickbiRd.
The Beaver and Staircase
The North Face
The SW- Saber
Dalke- Cathdral wall
South buttress direct- Notchtop
Spiral route - Notchtop
Great Dihedral -First buttress of Hallets.
Culp-Bullsier - Secomd buttress Hallets
Better than Love - Secomd buttress Hallets
Culp-Bossier with variation start - Secomd buttress Hallets
Flying Buttress - Meeker
Directisma - Chasm View Wall
Geronimo - Northeast face of Chiefshead
Birds of Fire - Northwest face of Chiefshead
Arrowplane - Arrowhead
|Touch of Green on Birds of Fire|
|Home Sweet Home|
|Top of the Park|
|Good Morning from the Cirque|
|Baxter getting into the Black Dagger|
|Goofin off on Table Ledge|
|New Route, No Problem. Max on Geronimo!|
|Keyhole Ridge, Longs Peak|
|Notchtop and her goods|
|Rizzo enjoying the view from Notchtops Summit|