Geek Towers - Center Route ???


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May 23, 2012 - 10:28am PT
+1 for the warbler

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Berkeley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - May 23, 2012 - 01:57pm PT
Ha ha, thanks Alexey and Jay for resurfacing this! I had wanted to make a trip report of our (my and Jay's) adventure as part of another report when I got around to reaching the top! I went back once, and we bailed because of ice sheets falling onto the route. Still need to get back there, hopefully this summer.

But here are my pics from our adventure:

General conditions in Feb 2010:

We solo'd up Sunnyside Bench with a pretty casual 8-8:30am start...

Had some excitement on the final bit of the approach; I tried the high road, which involved punching fists into steep snow with a creek flowing directly beneath. I retreated back to Jay's way:

The crew:

Ice in LA Chimney:

Jay gettin' it done on the first pitch, with an interesting step-across with suboptimal pro at the end:

I think this was looking down on P2, with some bushy mess out of sight below this chimney:

Maybe Jay needs Da Brim for his next birthday:

Jay gettin' to the money:

This pitch was AWESOME! I can't wait to go back and do it again:

You can't tell but there is a solid hand jam buried underneath the thickest green part:

After I wiped my hand on my pants, this is what it looked like:

I did manage to get it cleaned up a bit more, but trying to jam later in the pitch from awkward positions, with that slippery stuff interfering, was definitely the crux.

Grunting along some time later:

Happy as a clam!

Cracked piton belay not inspiring, so we backed it up before rapping:

But first we enjoyed some glorious views:

A good day, but a short day because of the season, and we opted for the non-epic daylight descent.
David Wilson

Dec 25, 2012 - 12:19pm PT
Merry Christmas bump for the Geek Towers. Any pics from Freestone out there?
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