A last-minute extra talk was scheduled on the Wednesday morning at the Banff meeting – Assaf Naor on Superexpanders. I would have loved to attend that talk, but I had a prior commitment to Aftenroe, a beautiful eight-pitch limestone climb above the road to Lake Louise.
Fortunately, thanks to the video system at BIRS, this doesn’t mean that I missed the talk. One can find the excellent video of the talk here. It’s a great presentation, as gratifying and elegant as Aftenroe‘s third pitch. Below, I will try to describe some of the ideas. Continue reading
This tells the tale of my abortive attempt (May 2010) to climb the Prow on Washington Column (V 5.7 C2) with Aaron McMillan. I have wanted to climb this thing ever since I started aid climbing, but despite going up there twice, haven’t yet succeeded. Continue reading
Schooled on the Column
Trip Report, May 31 to June 3, 2007
With Karl “Baba” Bralich – my first excursion into the big-wall world
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All pictures © by Karl Bralich, www.peaklightimages.com
June 6th, 2005. 11 pitches, 5.10a. With Karl.
The evening of the day before…. Glacier Point Apron. Cold Fusion (5.10b/c). Point Beyond Direct (5.8, led p 2-4). Bed early. To quote my diary: “Feeling some internal discomfort. Hope rest will fix”
5.00 am Get up having slept uneasily. Continue reading
It had to be North Dome, really.
I first visited Yosemite in 1985. At that time I was not a climber. I had little idea what to expect, but the line on the map – ascend the Falls Trail, visit North Dome, descend Snow Creek – looked too tempting to resist. My friend Liane thought this plan so foolish that she came along herself to make sure I didn’t get into trouble. We were married the next year. North Dome is a special place. Continue reading