Ken and I finally started of our ice season together yesterday. This season has been different as I worked the on the rocks until Thanksgiving which is quite late for me. Then I came down with a nasty bout of the flu and needed a week and half to recover. All is going well now feeling much better, the ice is in good shape, so its Pick Swinging Time for sure.

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The Elephant Head Gully – showing the recent rockfall at the base of the route. The ice was in fine shape on this route.

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Highland Center meeting area – always feel very welcomed here – put the boots on by the warmth of the fire!!!

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Lower Hitchcock with wet sticky ice drooling all the way to the base of the gully.

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Clinic time with Ken – winding in a few screws, checking in on anchor configurations, then some scrappy mixed alpine climbing techniques.

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Upper Hitchcock Gully – looks and feels like a mini Pinnacle Gully but without the long approach.

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Clean, quick and simple is the way to approach building belay anchors set ups.

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Lots of ice and running water – its building fast in the mountains now. The new snow will help feed the ice routes.

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Topping out with numb hands – a reminder of the suffering on the ice.

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Great times with Ken – we explored and climbed lots of new terrain today.

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LNT? – This was a valuable root to hook the tools for the top out.

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Top of the Notch in wintry conditions.

Thanks Ken for a great beginning on the ice. See you in January.

Art Mooney