One morning we got up very early, climbed over the daunting Asterix Pass, and got to the wall before anyone else. The view on the other side was pretty spectacular.
|Asterix Pass - a dicey, unroped 5.6, with a huge pack. Not fun.|
|View made it worth it - pretty sunrise|
Spidey came along, of course, and he warmed up with some completely "cliffhanger" moves, all 100% unroped.
|Spidey = Captain Showoff|
Jere led the whole thing, linking the first two pitches where I followed cleaning gear to join him on the top of the 2nd pitch. The climbing was beautiful, solid, clean - very easy to see why it's a Smith classic.
|Spidey at the belay ledge|
We swapped gear when I made it to the belay ledge, and Jere sent the 3rd pitch like a champ, throwing the final roof moves with impressive style and grace. I gained some great beta from watching him, and was able to send the roof with equal ease. It helps when you have bomber holds at the top!
|Jere's Happy Face|
|When you aren't the rope gun, you've gotta be the rope flake|
More Smith photos to come! Thanks for the great climb Jere!
|Great partners make for great weekends|