Trip Report
The Col-Col, overcoming my fears
Tuesday December 12, 2017 4:59pm
I started climbing at age 52, when I met my husband, who posts here as “Thirsty”. So far I have enjoyed all the different types of climbing and climbing related things we have done, including long routes, dry rock semi-alpine in the Sierras, cracks, overseas climbing, the van and so forth. First some pictures from the routes leading up to the Col-Col.
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Alpine start for the Colonoscopy Col, my scariest route yet by far.
Alpine start for the Colonoscopy Col, my scariest route yet by far.
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On the approach.  Not too bad.  Every climber in their 50s like us has...
On the approach. Not too bad. Every climber in their 50s like us has to do this route. If I can do it, so can you.
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First leg is the decending colon.  Conditions were OK
First leg is the decending colon. Conditions were OK
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Second leg is the transverse colon.  We encountered some polyps here. ...
Second leg is the transverse colon. We encountered some polyps here. Very scary,
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polyp, have to capture and keep moving
polyp, have to capture and keep moving
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third leg - ascending colon.  More polyps.  Still scared, but getting ...
third leg - ascending colon. More polyps. Still scared, but getting used to it.
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more polyps.  I can handle it.
more polyps. I can handle it.
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Cecum and the polyps keep showing up.  We are moving on having made ou...
Cecum and the polyps keep showing up. We are moving on having made our risk calculations and accepted all eventualities.
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Appendiceal orifice -- the end of the route.  Success!!!
Appendiceal orifice -- the end of the route. Success!!!
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Pretty beat immediately after, but we were doing sport routes the next...
Pretty beat immediately after, but we were doing sport routes the next day. You can do it too.
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Hungry is a trad climber from flagstaff, AZ.

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