Sunday, May 12, 2013

Martha: Mt. Lady Washington

Sometimes the best adventures are close to home.  
Kevin's turn to posthole his way towards Mt. Lady Washington.  I think we gained some definite hardman status by postholing all the way to Martha Couloir and back.
Kevin made fun of me for bringing that jar of peanut butter as it isn't very lightweight, but he brought a huge, mostly unusable rack for 2 pitches of roped climbing.  Hindsight:  if you are going to rope up for this thing, a couple knifeblades, a couples C3's, two screws, and a set of nuts should do you right.  Don't fall.

Kevin enjoying a bit of AI2 front pointing up the Martha Couloir.   This served as a nice warmup for the steep ice headwalls further up the climb.

Kevin building the first anchor so we can rope up for the two cruxy pitchces of the climb.  Each pitch had some Steep snow, easy alpine ice, mixed climbing, and a crux section of water ice (WI3ish).

Looking off towards Meeker.

Kevin after surmounting the WI3 section of ice and back into a section of steep snow.

A quick break while we were racing the clock to the top of Mt. Lady Washington.  The terrain above the Couloir is prone to avalanches and it was getting obvious we had to get to safer ground before the snow became warm enough to wetslide.

Black Diamond in front of the Diamond 

Thunder storms moving in, adding to our stress.

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