Tungstencityband manager Lars Larson and Yerstruely did some exploratory adventure climbin' upcanyon
today, and found some rusty old bolts from the Reagan years, or earlier. We followed a prominent crack system with plenty
of mountain mahogany growing out of excellent cracks. Our route is on the central butress of this formation:
There was a town here until the sixties, when the houses were moved from the Scheelite townsite below
the crag to their current location here in Rovanna.
Of Course, everything upcanyon is harder than it looks. At the base of the wall, I started
climbing old-school by kicking steps into some steep hard snow. Here is me leadin' out with wet slippery shoes....
Our climb followed a prominent crack with some wide sections and plenty of bushes. Minus
a few gnarly old mountain mahogany, it would be a stellar moderate crack climb. Only a couple really need some pruning....Here
is Lars steppin' out on the second pitch:
....and throwin some snowballs that were in the way:
We didn't have time to get all the way to the top of the pinnacle today, but we intend to give the
awesome looking upper pitches a go pretty soon. The old-school routes with the bolts looked pretty good, too, but we
didn't get on 'em, yet.......
.....Thanks for watchin' wormspew. We couldn't do it without ya'all.....
Waiting for a storm that never comes, oh, dynamo hum..... It is sunny and COLD in the Eastern Sierra right now, and quite beautiful. By carefully staying
out of shady icy spots, Gabe and I got to enjoy a little girl-watchin' out at th' Happy Boulders [...no pics of chix, sorry,
iyam shy]. Here is Gabe on one of the Classics:
Gabe is an incredible dude. He was recently stranded on the Sierra Crest during an unexpected
storm. He had to hole up with minimal equipment and food for almost a week before the SAR helocopters found him.
By then he had found a cabin and built himself an expertly crafted set of snoeshoes. Since his frigid adventure, he
has been spending a lot of time in the Keough Hot Springs....
I got to be Happy a little, too. This is me, same boulder
Gabe is on-
[beware of rabbits.....]