Trip Report
"Spindrift"- Climbing diaries #3 - another adventure in RMNP
Monday December 13, 2010 12:27pm
Sometimes the weather is the story. Last week I went on my first ice climbing outing of the season. We weren't sure about the conditions, but we knew we wanted to get up into the alpine, swing some tools, and climb something moderate. We were aware of the thin conditions in Rocky Mountain National park but figured at the very least it would be a nice hike to Chasm Lake. Indeed, upon arriving at Chasm Lake, we noticed that most of the ice was either thin or out. Accordingly, we decided to do a route named "Martha's." This very moderate route forms a gash up the south side of Mt Lady Washington. While only rated 5.4 WI2-3, M2, the conditions made for quiet and adventure. Placing gear primarily for fear of sluffing, we contemplated retreating. However, we pushed through the trench warfare, sluffing, and the choking spindrift and topped out in hurricane force winds. As always, another wonderful day in the Longs Peak/Meeker cirque with no frostbite and only minor windburn.

check out a short video of the day with some animation and original music at:

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Craig Muderlak
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Craig Muderlak is a climber from Boulder, CO.

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Social climber
No Ut
  Dec 13, 2010 - 02:58pm PT
Thanks for that, Craig! Transported me in time and space to a place I love and memories both real and imagined.

A fine piece of work...

Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
  Dec 13, 2010 - 06:00pm PT
Sweet and real.
You got down on tape that feeling of just having a look.
I really liked your walking across the hummocky stuff, lightly drifted.
Took me right there.

Stewart Johnson

Mountain climber
lake forest
  Dec 14, 2010 - 10:56am PT
that was proper.

  Dec 14, 2010 - 11:01am PT
I had soome trouble with the video but loved the feel of the report. Thanks for posting up (TFPO).
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