|The Climbing Club
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|Author:||Gary Yngve [ Tue Apr 22, 2003 11:23 am ]|
Ralph, Eric, and I left Seattle around 8:30 to head to Lworth. We made it
there in record time and drove 2.5 miles up 8-mile road to bivy. We got
up at around 2:30 and got moving soon after... Two-thirds the way up to
the lake I was feeling like complete shit. I wasn't going at the pace I
should be going, my legs were being all klutzy, and my shoulders weren't
getting along with my pack. Knowing that the weather was supposed to be
clear and sunny with highs in the 60s and thinking that I'd slow them down
even more in the couloir, I decided that I wouldn't subject them to bad
snow and rockfall... I dumped the gear I was carrying to Ralph and Eric
and told them to go ahead without me. I made it up to the lake after them
and hung around for a few hours, mostly pacing back and forth and cursing
the fact that I'm exhausted from working too hard and my advisor doesn't
understand that I'm only human (and 11 PM last night he gave us several
more hours work to do... didn't get to bed until 6 AM... Grrrrrrr!!!).
Ralph and Eric summited Colchuck via some other gully on the northwest side...
oops... they can tell you more.
The next day I was with the Mounties at Lworth for Rock 2. We did the
Tree Route at 8-Mile Buttress, topping out by noon. Beautiful weather, and the
North Ridge of Stuart was breathtaking. My partner was an
older Mountie who Ralph and I had bumped into before... Ralph referred to
him as Pretty Boy who had a foul mouth. Turns out his first name is Hadi
(we must have heard people call him Hottie -- Hadi's of Iraqi descent),
which explains everything, well, everything except the swearing. Well, then
I used his rack, consisting of ten-year-old gummed-up U-stem Camalots and
I understood the swearing. Anyway, the Mounties made us wait at Snow Creek
parking lot for everyone else to return, so we made a beer run... and the dude
at Chevron accidently charged us for one too many six packs... oh well, I guess
we had to get one more.
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