Trip ReportThe Flakes (the route, not the climbers)
OK folks, itís time for another installment of the Zander Hour!
When we last left our hero he was doing battle with none other than the infamous Lost Arrow Chimney. Since then, that most dastardly of villains, life, has had our man firmly lashed to the tracks of vicious circumstance. After a narrow escape from almost certain distraction, Zander, and his faithful sidekick Greg, have set their sights on The Flakes, a slightly obscure, somewhat spicy, and mostly fun route on Middle Cathedral.
The approach was over before they knew it. 20 minutes for our heroes, though it could be done in 10-15 minutes by fitter heroes.
The first pitch was dispatched after a brief search for protection.
Holy leotards Zander, that nut tool sure was handy for excavating placements!
Pitch 5 was no match for Zander Man!
Our hero looking like a hero on pitch 7 (courtesy of a little camera tilt from his trusty belayer)
The guidebook shows a few pitches of 4th class to finish while more recent route beta indicates a couple pitches of 5.2 or 5.3 mixed in. Our heroes simul-climbed this section in style and thought a rating of 5.2+ was warranted.
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News Flash! Hot off the presses!! Zander caught red handed adding a bolt to Greg & Ingridís teapot!!!
Will the climbing community stand for this, or will this egregious addition to an existing teapot be chopped?
Will Zander be ostracized for this outrageous act, or lauded for doing what clearly needed to be done? Stay tuned to the further adventures of Zander Man to find out!
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