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|Index in December
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|Author:||Valerie Wall [ Mon Dec 05, 2011 11:16 am ]|
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Just a quick TR for climbing conditions at Index. Nate J, Ben PS, Caitlyn and I got in some December climbing at Index. This was Caitlyn’s first outdoor climbing experience and was a bit of a rough intro, but she still could see the potential of how awesome outdoor climbing could be and was already contemplating buying a rack (mainly ‘cause she hadn’t heard that people usually sport climb first). We arrived at 11am, Ben set up Godzilla (we had to use the bolt ladder on the beginning of city park to bypass a very wet section at the bottom). After that though, the route is dry to the top. The bottom wet section was climbable on top rope and we all did a lap. Note: Godzilla is a long one and required two ropes (or a 70m) to tope rope. The sun set behind Mt. Index at around 2pm. I thought that might be the end of our day, but everyone still seemed up for some more climbing. Ben set up the first pitch of thin fingers (his first Index 5.10a), and Nate and I took a lap on this one too. It was so fun to hang out with such dedicated climbers, sticking it out 2 hours after the sun disappeared behind Index in below 40 degree weather. And, amazingly, the climbing in shade below 40 was OK. We took precautions, down clothing everywhere, handwarmers, and thick boots made it comfortable at the base.
At GNS: the easy 5.2 approach ramp is an algae slide, the upper part looked quite dry and was accessible by climbing/aiding the 5.10c corner (1/2 wet) or the 5.8 fist crack.
At LTW: the first pitch of Japanese Garden was being climbed (some seeping, but avoidable), Godzilla is good as long as the leader bypasses the hard-to-protect lower section with the city park bolt ladder, City Park is dry, Tatoosh is totally dry, and Thin fingers is climbable with some seepage.
The rest of the week is looking similar to yesterday, so get out there for some December Index rock!
A few photos from Thin Fingers:
|Author:||Heather Whitney [ Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:02 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Re: Index in December|
Way to get outside in the chilly weather! Thanks for sharing the pics.
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