Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 6, 2013 - 05:57pm PT
Continuing the walk down memory lane I began with the A Fine Piece thread I started a few weeks ago (and to which I gave a massive update last night), I just got another few sheets of slides back from the scanner and decided to make a similar post about the first ascent of Shaken, Not Stirred that Jim Donini and I made on the south face of the Mooses Tooth in 1997.
Amongst an outrageous ton of climbing we did together in the middle and late 1990s, three first ascents really stand out in my mind. None of them were cutting edge in terms of difficulty, but all three were truly world-class beautiful. Sophia Loren kind of beautiful. (The Old Smuggler's Route and A Fine Piece in Patagonia and Shaken, Not Stirred in Alaska).
There were three others in Patagonia that were merely garden-variety pretty good. Jennifer Aniston kind of pretty good. ;-)
I think Shaken, Not Stirred has had tons of traffic in the last 12 years, and I encourage people to add their own photos and stories to this thread.
Jim Donini in Englishman's Col, contemplating the Ruth Gorge
Up-thread a few posts, ms55041 asked about best time of year to climb there. Depends a lot on luck, but we got lucky in early to mid May 2013 with crowds, climbing conditions, and weather. My partner from that trip was back in the area in mid to late April this year and got cold, lousy weather conditions. Big effort to get up Ham and Eggs and they didn't try Shaken, Not Stirred.