Trip Report
Bugaboos & Beyond: My Dream Vacation
Wednesday November 28, 2012 11:21am
For A LOT MORE PHOTOS and better quality check out my blog post:
http://vividrea1ity.blogspot.com/2012/11/bugaboos-beyond-my-dream-vacation.html


Two weeks of vacation with seven completed alpine climbs in Washington and Bugaboos (BC, Canada):
North Ridge (full, with gendarme) of Mt. Stuart (IV+ 5.9)
West Ridge of Pigeon Spire (II 5.4)
NE ridge of Bugaboo Spire (IV 5.8)
Wiessner’s Route on Snowpatch Spire (IV 5.8)
Beckey Chouinard on South Howser Tower (V 5.10+)
South Face (Stanley Burgner var) of Prusik Peak (III 5.9+)
Backbone Ridge on Dragontail Peak (IV 5.9)

Snowpatch
Snowpatch
Credit: Vitaliy M.
One of the reasons I fell in love with climbing is due to it's unpredictable nature. At times it is too unpredictable, even for my taste. One moment I felt on top of the world after day-climbing full North Ridge of Mt. Stuart, as our warm up climb for "bigger things." In a few hours my hand swell up to the size of a small mitten. I trained hard for a year to attempt Beckey-Choinard (V, 5.10+) on South Howser Tower with my friend Bryan during our two week vacation, and now chances of getting on any route in the next week seemed slim to none. "Will my partner be upset if I am unable to climb? Should I go to a Emergency Room instead of driving to Bugaboos?" These were the questions swarming me like a group of agitated bees, as I drove towards the Canadian boarder from Leavenworth.
Mt. Stuart
Mt. Stuart
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Since pocket glacier on Mt. Slesse did not come off by the time we set off North, Bryan and I decided to settle for another long route in Leavenworth area-Full North Ridge of Mt. Stuart (with gendarme). Since we only had a one day weather window, climbing it car to car was a good additional challenge. As a climb included in '50 classic climbs of North America " North Ridge is mostly cleaned from choss, but maintains it's true alpine nature, and overwhelming dominance of the valley.
Flowers on the approach to Stuart
Flowers on the approach to Stuart
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After pitching out first two pitches we simul climbed the rest of the ridge till we reached the gendarme. Route finding was easy, and climbing on the crest ended up being better than expected. We climbed two quality pitches up the gendarme and simul climbed the rest of the ridge to the summit. On the way to the summit I found another 5.8ish jam crack on the crest for additional joy. Less than 7 hours after we reached the base, we stood on top. For a few minutes (or thirty) we forgot about the long descent and took in the views. Surrounding peaks were almost as scenic as granite walls we are used to in our home range- Sierra Nevada. In addition, Mt. Rainier was also visible on the horizon. We signed the summit register, and begun the descent back to Stuart lake trail-head. After an unpleasant descent down Sherpa Glacier and bushwhack through Mountaineer's Creek, I realized my hand was throbbing with pain, and swollen.
Views on the approach
Views on the approach
Credit: Vitaliy M.
On the way to Bugaboos Bryan and I agreed that we will take it day at a time, and enjoy our vacation no matter what. On the following day we covered our car with chicken wire, but unfortunately were unable to spot a rubber-eating porcupine. First thing that grabbed my attention on the approach was the broken-up glacier at the base of Hound's Tooth. Second, were stories about remarkable for-the-time ascents done by Conrad Kain (Canadian version of Norman Clyde). Among his greatest achievements were the first ascents of Bugaboo Spire and Mt. Robson- both of these are still difficult objectives for modern day mountaineers.
South Howser Tower
South Howser Tower
Credit: Vitaliy M.
West ridge of Pigeon
West ridge of Pigeon
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Snowpatch is nice to look at
Snowpatch is nice to look at
Credit: Vitaliy M.
Summit of Pigeon Spire
Summit of Pigeon Spire
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After getting to Applebee camp, deep down I was happy that the forecast for the next day was not ideal (40% for thunderstorms in the afternoon)- my knuckle needed rest. We decided to attempt West Ridge of Pigeon spire, which would give my hand another day of rest from jamming. We woke up just before 6am and begun hiking at about 6:30am. Although a bit later than we wanted to leave, it put us in the middle of one of the best sunrise glows I have witnessed. It is hard to describe with words how beautiful it was. As they say- you had to be there!
Looking down towards Snowpatch after climbing NE ridge of Bugaboo Spir...
Looking down towards Snowpatch after climbing NE ridge of Bugaboo Spire
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After hiking over the col another beautiful sight opened up- Bugaboo glacier led up to Pigeon Spire, and Howser towers. After we got to the base of the route, we saw a big storm moving towards us in the distance. Bryan and I decided to hurry up the ridge, while other parties stood around debating what to do. Climbing on the ridge was not difficult and we soloed to the first summit, and than to second, and the third. The short cruxy section before the final summit was secure, and did not require roping up. We snapped a few photos and quickly descended. After a 45 minute round trip we watched the other parties get rained on while bailing- well bellow the second tower. Both of us were glad we were not climbing anything significant when the storm escalated a few hours after we got back to camp, however stories from climbers that were on longer routes at the time turned out to be entertaining.
Excited about first pitch (NE ridge of Bugaboo Spire)
Excited about first pitch (NE ridge of Bugaboo Spire)
Credit: Vitaliy M.
Bryan and I on the summit of Bugaboo Spire
Bryan and I on the summit of Bugaboo Spire
Credit: Vitaliy M.
Weather forecast for the next few days seemed perfect, and we decided to attempt another few classics- North East ridge of Bugaboo Spire (IV 5.8) and Wiessner’s (AKA Snowpatch IV 5.8) Route on Snowpatch Spire. Turned out not only we thought it was a good idea to climb NE ridge of Bugaboo on a day with perfect forecast. We were encountered by a line of SIX parties at the base of the route at six twenty in the morning! Six more parties followed. I knew "50 classics" had a nickname- "50 crowded climbs of North America ," and I finally found out why. Instead of being depressed over how crowded it was, we decided to get to know some of the people in the parties ahead, and behind. It turned out to be a good choice, and all of us had a great time climbing and descending the route. The view of surrounding peaks was fantastic. On the down-climb of Kain route all of us were impressed by the difficulties Conrad overcame about a hundred years ago.
Getting down from Snowpatch
Getting down from Snowpatch
Credit: Vitaliy M.
Bryan and the Snowpatch itself!
Bryan and the Snowpatch itself!
Credit: Vitaliy M.
Snowpatch was another long route with minimal required hand jamming, which allowed my hand to heal a little more. Since the whole camp was a bit tired from the group outing to Bugaboo Spire we did not expect too many people on Snowpatch- turned out we were the only party. After many pitches of simul climbing, we reached the snow patch itself some time after noon. Waterfall flowing through Wiessner overhang traverse made it very exciting, but the climbing itself was easy. Climbing past the snow-patch remained relatively easy till we reached ‘The Vein’ pitch. Two more pitches of climbing took us to another short section of simul-climbing to the summit. It is nice to have a camera in such a photogenic range.
Bryan on the Vein pitch
Bryan on the Vein pitch
Credit: Vitaliy M.
Bugaboo Spire as seen from the top of Snowpatch
Bugaboo Spire as seen from the top of Snowpatch
Credit: Vitaliy M.
Even rappells are scenic!
Even rappells are scenic!
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On the descent the reality was sinking in- our next route in the Bugaboos should be Beckey-Chouinard. But there were still multiple questions that Bryan and I could not answer. “Will the route be wayyyy over our head? Will my hand be able to stand up to sustained 5.8-5.10 jamming (at this point swelling still prevented me from seeing my knuckles)? Will we have a good weather window for it? Will we have an unplanned bivy or an epic descent in the dark like some of the people in online trip reports? Is it really as long as the people in the camp say it is? How much water and gear should we take?” Michael Ybarra told me it took him three attempts to climb this route, and “it was like climbing NE Buttress of Higher Cathedral twice in a day.” Bryan and I had many doubts.
South Howser
South Howser
Credit: Vitaliy M.
South Howser-Beckey Chouinard. Photo by a team we met on route. We started before it got light to see what is ahead.

Bryan and the Great White Wall
Bryan and the Great White Wall
Credit: Vitaliy M.
leading 1st 5.10 crux on beckey chouinard
leading 1st 5.10 crux on beckey chouinard
Credit: Vitaliy M.
All the questions were answered over the next two days. Since we climbed three peaks in three days and the weather forecast looked less ideal, we took the next day off. It was nice to rest and recover.
We left Applebee camp and began our journey at 3am. My hand was still swollen, but tape provided superficial protection. Music in my mp3 player (old-school guys do not own Ipods) provided psychological support. After we made our way over Pigeon-Howsers col, to our surprise we saw headlamps high on the ridge, it was still pitch dark. We got to the base and racked up at dusk. With the sun in it's early stages of rising we were done simul climbing the first three pitches (5.5, 5.5, and 5.7). I let my positive emotions carry me through this climb and took the lead for the next pitch-first 5.10 of the route. It went well and soon Bryan led the next 'steep 5.8.' He took his pitch far and made the following (5.8) pitch fairly short.
Top of South Howser!
Top of South Howser!
Credit: Vitaliy M.
Rappelling off South Howser
Rappelling off South Howser
Credit: Vitaliy M.
Sunset after finishing raps down from South Howser
Sunset after finishing raps down from South Howser
Credit: Vitaliy M.
Beautiful sunset. Bryan celebrating the best route of our life.
Due to climbing with one pack both of us felt it was easier to lead than to follow. We made sure to link pitches when we could to prolong the time on the 'sharp end'- which also speeds up climbing. By 11:30am we were done with the first 10 pitches and took a nice break on the bivy ledge. The team ahead let us pass after the 11th pitch. Most likely I made the original face/chimney/OW pitch look real hard, since they opted for a hand crack variation. After a few more pitches we were bellow the 5.10+ traverse, which we originally planned to pendulum through- but were able to free climb. A rappell and some simul climbing led us to a sun-bathing session on the summit. We passed another party that ended up taking three days and two nights to climb the route and descent. Our dream of completing Beckey-Chouinard came true. To top it all off, we witnessed a beautiful sun set, after we got done with the rappell route. 17 hour round trip from Applebee camp is all it took, we surprised ourselves once again (we expected it to be a 27 hour day for us).

Cute goats around Enchantment Lakes
Cute goats around Enchantment Lakes
Credit: Vitaliy M.
Bryan following the last pitch on South Face of Prusik
Bryan following the last pitch on South Face of Prusik
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Bryan on the summit of Prusik peak. Enchantment Lakes are beautiful.
Bryan on the summit of Prusik peak. Enchantment Lakes are beautiful.
Credit: Vitaliy M.
With the weather in Bugaboos changing for the worse and our big goal in the bag, we decided to change the scenery. On our way back to CA we made another stop in Leavenworth . This time we explored the Enchantment Lakes and climbed South Face of Prussik peak (III 5.9), followed by Backbone Ridge on Dragontail peak (IV+ 5.9). Both of these climbs were excellent choices, overshadowed by great camp-spots, friendly herds of goats, and incredibly scenic lakes. Watching the glow of setting sun illuminate the granite walls of Dragontail peak, from the shore of Colchuck lake on the hike out will stay in my memory for a long time. Seven alpine climbs completed, numerous of miles hiked, thousands of miles driven, friendship bond strengthened, a life time of memories obtained- two weeks of Living The Dream.
Dragontail
Dragontail
Credit: Vitaliy M.
climbing on Backbone ridge
climbing on Backbone ridge
Credit: Vitaliy M.
This trip was sponsored in part by the American Alpine Club. We would like to thank the AAC for helping out regular climbers like Bryan and I for helping us make our dream a reality. I would like to encourage everyone who is not a member of AAC to check their web site and see if they are a good fit for you- there are a lot of benefits!

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eKat

Trad climber
  Nov 28, 2012 - 11:28am PT
YAY!

VERY NICE!

TFPU!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
  Nov 28, 2012 - 11:47am PT
Music in my mp3 player (old-school guys do not own Ipods)
what is this silvery packet doing sitting on my desk ready to depart with me on a highway approach? I guess it does play mp3 files too.... but it declares itself "iPod" hmmmm (and oddly sounding like an OW maneuver).... maybe I'm just a new school punter...

Nice first trip to the 'Bugs, sounds like you had reasonable weather. You can't really appreciate the Kain Route until you've done it... I remember leading through the crux thinking how incredible it was that he did it back then, shouting some equivalent of "watch me" to his clients below... in hob-nailed boots with manila ropes and some implement closer to "axe" than "ice axe". Not to mention the time it took them to approach... a bit more involved than driving up the road, and even that has changed since my first trip... the "shotgun" passenger leaning out of the window straining to hear the roar of an approaching, feral logging truck with an uncaring attitude towards aspiring alpinists.

Thanks for posting up, trip reports to the 'Bugs always stirs up the desire in me to return... somehow I've wasted my life away in idle thought.
bigwall shitter

Social climber
the wild west
  Nov 28, 2012 - 11:45am PT
you guys got after it! I can't imagine a better two week trip.
WyoRockMan

climber
Flank of the Big Horns
  Nov 28, 2012 - 11:47am PT
Most excellent! Strong work.
Keith Leaman

Trad climber
  Nov 29, 2012 - 11:37am PT
Very impressive Vitaliy!! You have a knack for ticking off the archetypal routes in a seemingly casual style. Maybe you should go for new lines? As I recall you've only been climbing a few years! Glorious photos too. Hope the hand heals up (maybe it was useful on the wide parts? heh) Ed-"idle thought.." as if, but I hear you.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
  Nov 28, 2012 - 12:47pm PT
You go, Vitya! But an mp3 is extra weight regardless of its hipness!

And three days on the B-C? They must have taken along a reel-to-reel!



We dressed up for the NE Ridge of Bugaboo...
Credit: Reilly

...or is that dressing down? Not surprisingly we saw nobody going up or down.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
  Nov 28, 2012 - 12:24pm PT
Nice tr Vitaly! Looks amazing there! Nice determination to keep climbing event though your hand was messed up. What was the end result of that?

I really liked the pics on your blog too..
Hardly Visible

Social climber
Llatikcuf WA
  Nov 28, 2012 - 12:42pm PT
Sounds like a dream, way to go.
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
  Nov 28, 2012 - 12:46pm PT
bueno!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Author's Reply  Nov 28, 2012 - 01:01pm PT
what is this silvery packet doing sitting on my desk ready to depart with me on a highway approach?

Ed, I was just attempting to make a joke when I called myself 'old school.' Making fun of myself because I suck at figuring out all the new electronic stuff. Bugaboos are worth a trip back for sure! So is Leavenworth. And Index Town Walls are incredible!! We made a short stop there on the way back. Wow. Best cragging ever.

Keith Leaman, I do want to get on more obscure stuff and new lines. Had a few during last year, but want to do a lot more next season. Trying to figure out which obscure walls are worth the visit. Also, I enjoy getting on stuff that looks good. People picked off the best lines (with reasonable access) a while ago.

Mike, I had the hand checked out. Doctor said it wasn't arthritis, but they were not able to tell me what was up with it. Especially knowing that same type of thing happened to my left hand 3 weeks earlier.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
  Nov 28, 2012 - 01:00pm PT
Weird dude. Something sounds fishy there..
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
  Nov 28, 2012 - 01:13pm PT
me too, maybe I should have used the phrase "new skool pfffter"?

great trip, wonderful to see the 'Bugs through "new eyes"... really...
RyanD

climber
Squamish
  Nov 28, 2012 - 02:20pm PT
Nice one(s) Vitaliy! Awesome report too, one of your best yet. Congrats on the BC & Mt. Stuart, both high on the list for sure. Sounds like a few stellar weeks, wow.

One thing though, next time your in Canadia be sure to allot some extra time to roll thru Squamish & go climb with us!
karodrinker

Trad climber
San Jose, CA
  Nov 28, 2012 - 02:26pm PT
Nice Vitaly! What a rad trip, how many pounds did you lose? Quite the workout.
jfailing

Trad climber
PDX, North Slope, The Open Road
  Nov 28, 2012 - 02:29pm PT
This is Teh Radniss.

Looks like a lot of fun!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
  Nov 28, 2012 - 04:14pm PT
Beautiful sunset. Bryan celebrating the best route of our life.

You said it.

It's worth celebrating, too!

And it's not your typical what I did on my vacation report.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Nov 28, 2012 - 04:49pm PT
Oh boy....one of my most favorite places....looks like you made the best of very day...great report....


Susan
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
  Nov 28, 2012 - 05:25pm PT
I still can't think of the Bugaboos without being reminded of how years ago a buddy bailed on a trip there to go climbing in the Gunks (without me).

Another buddy showed me shots of his trip to the Bugs, and in every shot he and his partner had the biggest, ear splitting grins imaginable. I don't think it was possible for them to have had more fun.

Looks like you had a awesome, productive time.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Nov 28, 2012 - 05:38pm PT
World class report Vitality,

You have a way with writing.
You are a lucky man!!!!

Thanks

-Ezra
Jeremy

climber
  Nov 28, 2012 - 05:51pm PT
Looks like choss...I'll pass.

I KID I KID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NICE V!

J
Dirka

Trad climber
Hustle City
  Nov 28, 2012 - 09:38pm PT
What a vacation!
Dirka

Trad climber
Hustle City
  Nov 28, 2012 - 10:14pm PT
You have amazing vids on your site. Well done!
Roxy

Trad climber
CA Central Coast
  Nov 28, 2012 - 10:34pm PT

Dream vacation indeed!!!!

Stellar pics man
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Nov 28, 2012 - 11:56pm PT
Wow, I clicked your link, even better V,
Those goats might make a good seasonal girlfriend....;)
marty(r)

climber
beneath the valley of ultravegans
  Nov 29, 2012 - 12:08am PT
You speak the radness. Well done! Hope we you make it back up there soon.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Author's Reply  Nov 29, 2012 - 02:23am PT
Also, want to give thanks to all the people who supported me psychologically and with beta for the trip. Thank you for letting us use the guidebook Marty!

This place is amazing. I really want to go back there some day and do more stuff.

Fat Dad, even though you are a dad you should go there with your family. There are plenty of stuff to do even for non climbers. The place offers everything from scrambles to world class walls. And the scenery is fantastic. We did get lucky with the weather, but according to my research weather there is usually more stable in end of July/August. We went in the first weeks of August and hit a sweet spot.

Reilly, what are you wearing soccer gaiters?! :)

RyanD, next time I am there will PM you! I would love to check out Squamish. Canadian Rockies. And other stuff! Wanted to do Gimli too..

Will try to add a few more photos to this post as well tonight.
mucci

Trad climber
The pitch of Bagalaar above you
  Nov 29, 2012 - 12:48am PT
Very cool you stuck with it.

Great pics.
Captain...or Skully

climber
in the oil patch...Fricken Bakken, that's where
  Nov 29, 2012 - 12:53am PT
Looks & sounds like an amazing trip. TFPU fer sure.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
  Nov 29, 2012 - 03:10am PT
Nice! Glad you FINALLY got this up!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Author's Reply  Nov 29, 2012 - 11:10am PT
Let's thank the rain season. More time to write, wanker off on internet, and train for next year!
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Nov 30, 2012 - 08:58pm PT
Bump for the real deal y'all!!!!!!
bmacd

Trad climber
100% Canadian
  Dec 1, 2012 - 02:34am PT
very productive - I'm jealous !
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Author's Reply  Dec 1, 2012 - 08:18pm PT
Burchey, you and Chief could go without me, I will most likely slow you guys down :)
Thanks Ezra!
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
  Dec 2, 2012 - 11:14am PT
I knew I was going to be jeaous, so I put off reading this fine report.

Nice job! I'm jealous. Back in the 1970's and early 80's I made three trips into N. Ridge of Stuart, and 3 trips into the Chouinard-Beckey on S. Howser and had weather back us down each time.

On the other hand we did get E. Ridge of Bugaboo on the 2nd try.
Somehow, the late Sept snow-conditions in 1972 did not seem auspicious on the first try.
E. Ridge Bugaboo Spire, late Sept 1972, from our alternate summit--Cre...
E. Ridge Bugaboo Spire, late Sept 1972, from our alternate summit--Crescent Tower?
Credit: Fritz
harryhotdog

Social climber
north vancouver, B.C.
  Dec 2, 2012 - 12:03pm PT
Great trip report and pics,I have still yet to do the B/C on S Howser after 3 tries so am quite jealous. Hats off to a very productive road trip!
mackenzie74

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
  Dec 2, 2012 - 07:27pm PT
Holly cow! You guys day-climbed N. ridge of Stuart? Seven routes in two weeks is incredible, for PNW at least. Weather gods were on your side.

World class report. This site is incredible. I read Alpinist and R&I on regular basis, but don't remember seeing such great reports. Thank you for sharing!
The Alpine

climber
  Dec 2, 2012 - 08:37pm PT
MVP!
johnboy

Trad climber
Can't get here from there
  Dec 2, 2012 - 09:50pm PT
Top notch.
Nice having the weather cooperate in the Bugs.

Hope they figure out whats up with your hands.
wayne burleson

climber
Amherst, MA
  Dec 2, 2012 - 09:55pm PT
Great trip! Great report!
Brings back many memories of the NorthWest.

And yes, you did score on the weather...

Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
  Dec 2, 2012 - 10:36pm PT
Cool pics Vitaliy!!!
Tarbuster

climber
right here, right now
  Dec 4, 2012 - 10:45am PT
That's good living.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
  Dec 4, 2012 - 12:19pm PT
Great TR, Thanks for the inspiration. Glad you guys had a great time.
micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Dec 4, 2012 - 12:55pm PT
Wow! You boys put the DUN! in Gettin it Dun.

Congrats on a fantastic trip, several summits and many memories I'm sure.

How bout some photos of that gnarly fathand? Is it doing ok now?
Gal

Trad climber
going big air to fakie
  Dec 4, 2012 - 12:58pm PT
Good Job! Great inspiration & photos!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Author's Reply  Dec 4, 2012 - 03:10pm PT
You guys day-climbed N. ridge of Stuart?

Yeah from Stuart lake TH. If I was to do it again I would go from the other TH. Descent is a lot more straight forward.

Micronut, the hand is better now. Never found out what was wrong with it, even though I had it checked out by a MD, with x-rays done. They said it wasn't arthritis. I sure as hell know it wasn't an injury, since the same type of inflammation happened to my other hand a few weeks prior to the trip. Weird.

Thank you all for kind words. It was my favorite vacation. Now I understand why so many people back in the day took whole summers+ off. There is so much to see out there. Very hard for someone slaving away at work...
cultureshock

Trad climber
Mountain View
  Dec 14, 2012 - 03:41pm PT
Tons of sweet photos. Way to get after it!
noriko nakagawa

Trad climber
the bubble, co
  Dec 19, 2012 - 07:42pm PT
I am glad that the trip worked out for you, Vitaliy. Great TR and photos! Here's to another year of big sends.

-Michelle

p.s. Let's go to the Black!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Author's Reply  Dec 20, 2012 - 03:09pm PT
Let's go to RMNP and send the gnar! :)

And than go 'cragging' in the Black. AND I want to go to Indian Creek, and Red Rocks!!!
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
  Dec 20, 2012 - 03:24pm PT
Wow! Great photos!I'm super jealous!

*adds to tick list*
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
  Dec 24, 2012 - 11:11pm PT
Hey, Vitaliy! A highly merry Christmas to you!

It is in the interests of us all to have a list of all you have accomplished this year. Since I saw your TR on the Third Pillar of Dana, I've followed your exploits with your friends, and would like to see your list, as it's one of the better ones any of us has in such a short time.

Hope next year is the one for the Captain.

God bless ya, boy. Yer a hell of a credit to the Supertopo & the American Way of Climbing!

edit: Thanks, bud. Good luck in the "Off Season." Would cap the year, nawmean?
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Author's Reply  Dec 24, 2012 - 07:07pm PT
Mouse, there is a list of almost all the pitches I did this year on MP (even though some routes were not on there and I didn't add them). I try to keep track of stuff I climb a bit. Did not include routes I did half way and did not finish...
I will post another TR and lump some more Sierra alpine routes I did in 2012. Do not really track cragging stuff unless it was kind of big for me (for example doing Braille Book, Commitment, East Buttress of Middle Cathedral would not deserve own TR but E buttress of El Cap or Serenity/SOY I will probably type up since it was fun). Unless I got some cool pics or had a funny story to share.

Thank you, I am one lucky person to have the ability to get out and climb as often. And live relatively close to Yosemite etc. Some people travel all the way from Europe..
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
  Dec 24, 2012 - 10:34pm PT
Really nice tr.
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
  Dec 25, 2012 - 03:38am PT
DUDE!
BirminghamBen

Trad climber
Alabama
  Dec 27, 2012 - 09:53am PT
Nice. The Bugs are a goal for me....makes them look even more enticing.
Easy Wind

Trad climber
Oakland, California
  Jul 17, 2013 - 06:37pm PT
BUG BUMP!
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