Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
We spent about three hours skinning up to a nice access point into the north bowl. The terrain was steep and loaded so conditions were horrible at best...
The lake where the avalanche stopped
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
North Face of Mt. Edwards (faint red line showing the route)
Kyle starting the 1st pitch
After four hours of sleep, the alarm went off at 3 o'clock. We jumped in the car and headed for the park. Some coffee and powdered doughnuts comforted me while I thought of the huge undertaking we were about to embark on. The plan was to climb "six pack of beer" then continue to the summit of Mt. Edwards. Its about 15oo ft of ice followed by 1500 ft of snow and rock. The route has only been climbed twice before, each time taking 2 days. Considering this along with the limited day light, we would be pushing it.
Justin and Kyle climbing pitch 3
Self portrait w/Justin
Justin beginning the hike out
The East face turned out to be a horrible wind slab, but being our only way off, we were forced to deal with it. Eventually we made it down without any problems. With the last rays of light, we packed up and began our 9 mile hike out.