Trip ReportLittle Switzerland-Le Pomme D'Or-Croatia-Patagonia [TR]
Sometimes you get the weather you want, sometimes you dont. Fortunately for me, I have great friends who have taught me the importance of laughing while waiting for conditions to improve. Let's start in July of 2010 for 9 days in Little Switzerland. the flight lands and that evening we make a fun climb out of the Marsupial on the Throne (5.8, 11p).
The day after the weather begins to close in and the next week is a lot of this:
So we do this
and fly out in this
Having honed our time killing abilities like finding the square root of our tent serial number, melting snow and memorizing topos...it was time to get the real training on.....so we headed into Le Pomme D'Or in the Winter to perfect our ice climbing training. Many snowmobile, sled pulling and ski miles later,
we found this
but we were so psyched on one of the prettiest valleys we'd ever seen, we climbed Gandolf (III WI4+) across the valley:
and spent some more quality time in this
Well screw it...the next year it was time to get some sport climbing in! Sunny awesome sport climbing were it never rains!!! I will go to Croatia in May, meet up with my old buddy Dylan and his girlfriend Alice and climb awesome Karst Limestone in the sun:
maintaining the stoke six days of rain later:
ok, we may have been a bit bummed
But then against all odds.....Sunshine!!!
After all of this expedition/trip experience...it was time for Patagonia...after all, we had a day of sport climbing, a day of ice climbing and a day of alpine climbing in the last 3 major trips.....why not?
and ten minutes later...Fitz Roy did this:
It might be time to move to California...I hear the weather is pretty good.
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