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→→→→ Boulder Batholith - Winter Cragging & Bouldering(Fe
Monday February 9, 2009 1:39pm
The adventure continues in the northern latitudes...earlier in the week, the brother and I went to explore and do some bouldering...


Looks like Plum Line...a bit smaller though

We then came across an interesting squeeze traverse tunnel. I got stuck and had to back out, but Pat got through



The Breather


Exploring this section of the Boulder Batholith is interesting. Alot of the hillside is made up of a jumbled stack of fins and boulders. They form corridors, rooms, holes and passages...one grouping formed an unusual space, and we returned with ropes to investigate.


Chapiteau (.11b)

It starts steep and bouldery, but after a couple moves you can manage to stem...


Now at the top of the A-frame, you could pop out the top, or make the voyage across the apex...which is what we came for...











Though Pat didn't get it on this sequence(onsight go), he got it next go...quite the sit up at the end...Nice send bro!

Another shot for perspective...


We then gave it goes, clipping through the gear...I got spit midway out the roof, though no pictures were taken...here some of Hutch and Ron




Hutch got spit, and then worked the the opposite side out, though making the turn would prove to be difficult, as Ron found out...




All in all, it was strange and fun!

We rounded out the day with a little exploring and a bit of bouldering...




Well...that's all for now, but I'm sure we'll be heading back soon.

Hope y'all are getting out and enjoying yourselves...

Cheers!

Tom

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TKingsbury
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TKingsbury is a trad climber from MT.

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Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
  Feb 9, 2009 - 01:58pm PT
sha sha sha SCHAWEET!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
  Feb 9, 2009 - 02:03pm PT
The Breather! -""No way I'm fitting through that," *

Nice stuff, as always.








*on the very first Lucille attempt, after initial failure I commented, "I bet we could squirm our ways straight up."

"No way I'm fitting through that," said Bob Scarpelli, and started setting up the rappell.
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
Author's Reply  Feb 9, 2009 - 02:45pm PT
Funny Jay, I think Pat and I talked about the same thing while we were looking at that 2nd pitch...
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
  Feb 9, 2009 - 03:09pm PT
The previous day in another section of snow-free (for now) Batholith.


Wondering how I'm going to get by that stick dam at the top.


The rest of the crew. Molly climbed, but mostly down, as she wasn't feeling it that day.


I'm assuming Pat used the kick-through and got the lip, eh Tom?
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
Author's Reply  Feb 10, 2009 - 10:26am PT
I'm assuming Pat used the kick-through and got the lip, eh Tom?

Yup, he stuck with the same beta...I noticed that he was horizontal alot more than we were through the first half of the roof...really squeezing it...



This thing is just downhill



and this one is just uphill

Blinny

Trad climber
  Feb 10, 2009 - 10:30am PT
OK. . . somebody's gotta jump in here and exclaim that Montana is a disgusting place to be and nobody in their right mind would wanna pack it up and move here. . . GOT IT!

:-)

Great pix!

That one looking down on the wife and kids looks like you're looking down on a field of flowers.

YAY.

Keep the MAGIC alive, dads!

oxox

eKat

survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Feb 10, 2009 - 03:16pm PT
Excellent pictures!

Some of tha stuff looks downright UNcomfy.

A worthy climbing related thread. Step aside political rant!
TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
Author's Reply  Feb 10, 2009 - 03:43pm PT
Thanks y'all!


Montana is a disgusting place to be and nobody in their right mind would wanna pack it up and move here

LOL! Sorry if I'm exposing too much! Maybe I should post some pics of the Berkely Pit and tough lookin' Butteians...


Some of tha stuff looks downright UNcomfy.

doesn't feel much better either! Getting stuck in The Breather was no fun! I'm still rockin' a scab on my chest from the panicked reverse squirm...
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Feb 10, 2009 - 04:05pm PT
eewwww!!!
mojede

Trad climber
Butte, America
  Feb 10, 2009 - 04:39pm PT
Here's a shot for you e-Kat--Montucky's best ice-climb (unformed in pic, but seasonably reliable) located on East end of pit, right side of photo.


As Alex would say, "Come and get it!"


TKingsbury

Trad climber
MT
Author's Reply  Feb 10, 2009 - 05:23pm PT


Hamming it up? Yep, cause I'm trying not to panic...didn't work too well...
climbhigh

Trad climber
western slope Co.
  Feb 10, 2009 - 07:24pm PT
Nice,climbing in the mid north in february. I need to visit.
J. Werlin

Social climber
Cedaredge, CO
  Feb 10, 2009 - 07:35pm PT
you boys sure know how to have fun. Thanks,
Ezra

Social climber
WA, NC, Idaho Falls
  Feb 10, 2009 - 11:21pm PT
bump for the real deal!
Blinny

Trad climber
  Feb 11, 2009 - 10:40am PT
nah. . . you're not exposing too much. . . HellFireElvira, there's more to livin' here than just packin' it up and movin' here. Ya know 70% of the people who move to Montana move out within the first year. We've gotta be no fewer than a hundred years behind the times. . . and I love it.

:-)

eKatHighAtopTheDrumlinInTheDeepNorthWoods
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