Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Scrabble Second Ascent?

Today Matt, Blair and I went back up to SCNL to try and get what we think could be the second ascent of a route called Scrabble VIII,7**.  This was first climbed in 2000 by Twid Turner and has soon very committing and technical climbing.

Picking my way up pitch 1

I was on for the first and crux pitch which was a pretty serious outing.  The climbing was excellent, but took a lot of time to pic my way up.  Very insecure moves a long way above protection made for a quite an intense lead.  Blair put in a steady performance to lead pitch 2 which was another tricky pitch around VII,7.  The third pitch was an excellent VI,6, which Matt made very short work of.  A final rope length saw us at the top and down at the bags without the need of head torches, Just!

Blair engrossed in the crux

Blair super steady on pitch 2
Matt enjoying the final tricky pitch

1 comment:

Shopnerkotha said...

While I was in Washington for my level 2 avalanche course, I wanted to do some Mountain climbing with a fellow climber, Scotty, I had met previously on Summit Post. The first problem arose when I came down with a chest cold. This made it hard to breathe. It was probably due to only getting 2 hours of sleep because I drove 3.5 hours to O’ Hare to catch an early flight to Seattle. It felt like someone was sitting on my chest all weekend