Backbone Arete with Fin Direct, Dragontail Peak IV 5.9

 
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North Cascades, Washington, USA

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Descending Dragontail Peak. Enchantments in the background.
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The Fin - we started on the left side, traversed right, then back left. In hindsight, staying on the left side of the Fin the whole way looked like a better option.
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Panoramic view of the Enchantments from Dragontail Peak
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Colchuck Lake at dusk
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Descent down Aasgard pass
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Summit shot of Walt with Mt Rainier in the background
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The face moves exiting the crack high on the Fin were very exciting
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The diagonal crack coming up from the right side of the photo looked like a better option.
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Eric on the Fin's double crack pitch
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Walt on the second Fin pitch. Colchuck Lake and Icicle Canyon in the background
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Typical pitch in the middle section of the route
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Walt leading the offwidth pitch
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Walt low on the route in a beautiful alpine setting. Colchuck Glacier in background.
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Looking up from Colchuck Lake at the approach talus and the route. The Fin is the upper light gray patch of rock just left of center in the photo.
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Approach to Dragontail Peak via Colchuck Lake
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Walt on one of the lower pitches of the Fin. Colchuck Lake in the background.
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Winter view of the Backbone ArÍte.
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