Trip ReportTR 2010-05 NEB Higher Cathedral Rock
Sorry folks, no dramas here, just a bunch of pics. We'll save the epic adventure stories for the next time we have an epic adventure. (Uhhh, sorta like two weeks after this trip on our first visit to Steck Salathe).
Beating sunrise to the base of the climb:
We simul'd the first few pitches, and I belayed at that tall spiky rock. Looking down from there:
Le_bruce decided to check out an off-route ledge for a few minutes...
Then he cruised up the next section whilst I posed:
I forgot how fun the little roofs are through there:
He took his pitch through that first traverse:
Here's me looking down on le_bruce as he approaches the crux overhang, and I'm hanging to avoid standing on the tree that will die and fall out soon:
And more crux:
Le_bruce is not a super-fan of squeeze chimneys:
But he eats them for breakfast just the same:
Here comes the next contestant on the price is right:
It looks suspiciously like he's hanging on this sling!
I think that's a guilty smile... or maybe just an "I'm glad to be here smile":
He's going for the stem variation... I just stayed plugged in under the roof:
It's always a sweet spot to hang out and enjoy the valley. No crowds from this angle!
But back to my compadre who is up there somewhere near the second traverse, cutting left under that big roof, by now:
Meanwhile, the dude below looks like he's thinking WTF? But they beat us to the top when we wandered off later on...
Uncle le_bruce stink-bugging across the second traverse:
We were hauling arse up to this point:
and then the wheels started coming off...
I started bonking a little, going slowly through a different path than I've gone before. And we got shut down by this mantle-problem (where the rope crosses the ledge just above the belayer) for at least half an hour:
We rallied and got it done. But here's the dudes who were behind us before, just wrapping up:
Here's our caboose:
And some shots from the top...
Looking up the grand valley:
Poser above the river above bridalveil falls:
Some sights on the way down:
Life after snowmelt:
The pleasant hike down the gulley:
And I'll give the Baba sign-off, "Peace":
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