Lane Peak - Lovers LaneDate:
Wanted to get out this weekend, so I convinced Alicia, Matt, and Kevin to go climb Lane Peak. After seeing pictures of some friends wallowing up The Zipper last weekend, we decided the steeper Lovers Lane might be fun and not quite as snowy.
Snow conditions were a breakable rain crust that made it nice to have snowshoes on the approach. The weather was a mix of sun, snow, and climbing in a cloud.
The snow in the route was deep, but wasn't so deep we couldn't climb.
Start of Lovers Lane
Alicia had never led steep snow, so she wanted to give it a try. There were even a couple short ice sections for her.
Matt led the second rope up Lovers Lane with Kevin in tow. Kevin had never climbed steep snow, so this was new for him.
Matt with Kevin coming over the first ice step.
Alicia getting ready to lead the second ice step around to the right of the rock.
At the top of Lovers Lane we found the rappel tree to get into The Zipper. We were able to get down using a single 60m rope.
Alicia coming down the rappel into The Zipper.
Thanks to some others that kicked steps up The Zipper and to the summit looking for somewhere to ski, the rest of the climb was easy and unroped.
Kevin and Matt finishing up The Zipper.
Matt and Alicia on the summit.
The 4 of us on the summit.
There was another group of 2 behind us in Lovers Lane that dropped a picket. If anyone is up there and finds it and is feeling nice, I know the owner and I'm sure he'd appreciate its return. Gear Notes:
Few pickets, few nuts, 60m rope.Approach Notes:
Snowshoes were nice. Having your girlfriend lead the whole thing and kick all the steps makes for an easy climb.