Shaken, Not Stirred, The Mooses Tooth V, AI 5

 
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We talked with Adam and Rick for quite a while, waiting to see and take pictures of a TAT plane arriving to pick up some of the other climbers from camp. The climbers and their gear are near the top end of the air strip; our tent is one of those up to the
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'Shaken, Not Stirred.'
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Adam and Rick hanging out on the Incisor with Mt. Dickey in the background.
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Picnic time on the Incisor. The tiny figure on the rocks is either Adam or Rick. The Incisor is a great point from which to view Mt. Dickey and other peaks along the Great Gorge (the N-S stretch of the Ruth Glacier), watch planes fly by and land on the Ro
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Many hours and some 25 or more rappels later, we were back on the approach slope of what had become very rotten snow.
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Down and down and down for hours and hours...
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Mounts Dickey, Bradley, Wake, Johnson, Grosvenor, and Church (from right to left).
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Heading back - note the increasing overcast (pic courtesy of Steve Towne).
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Camp down on the Root Canal Glacier at around 7,350' and the Ruth Glacier thousands of feet lower still (pic courtesy of Steve Towne).
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Steve on top of the Moose's Tooth!
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On the Moose's Tooth corniced main summit (pic courtesy of Steve Towne).
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Cornice collapse and avalanche. It was quite exciting to hear the rumble and roar (pic courtesy of Steve Towne).
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Steepish and kind of loose. Mt. Dickey and Mt. Barrill in the background.
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Steve on the corniced summit ridge.
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My lead (pic courtesy of Steve Towne).
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Time to rehydrate...
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Up what Puryear described as 'the 85 degree ice headwall' - buried under steep snow (pic courtesy of Steve Towne).
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The top of col is to my left (pic courtesy of Steve Towne).
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Looking down past an excellent ice screw to Steve at the belay.
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Almost above the col - pitch #18? (pic courtesy of Steve Towne).
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